Ten attorneys and six others have been charged by the Orange County District Attorney in California in a “massive” workers’ comp fraud scheme. D.A. Tony Rackauckas said in a press conference that the charges were the start of an investigation by his office and the California Department of Insurance, which scrutinizes the role medical providers played in an alleged fraud ring that targeted mostly Spanish-speaking communities. Prosecutors allege that the scheme involves more than 33,000 patients and an estimated $300 million-plus in insurance payouts received. The attorneys allegedly agreed to contract with an advertising company owned by two men, in return for employees, known as cappers, delivering the attorneys a minimum number of clients per month. Attorneys are allowed to advertise, the district attorney explained, but the use of cappers to directly recruit for lawyers or medical providers is against the law.
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