Business Owner Placed On Probation For Workers’ Compensation Fraud

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Charles Ruben (DOB 9/13/1951), formerly of Simi Valley, was placed on summary probation for a period of 36 months after pleading guilty to a violation of Insurance Code section 1871.4(a)(1)—making a fraudulent statement of a material fact for the purpose of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits. As a result of the prosecution of this case, Ruben paid restitution in full to victim State Compensation Insurance Fraud in the amount of $41,326, and, to victim 1st Class Access Control in the amount of $3,811.

Ruben was placed on disability for an injury sustained while employed at 1st Class Access Control in Simi Valley. During that time, he collected disability payments that totaled $34,981 and systematically failed to report that he earned $48,686 while working as a self-employed contractor.

Workers’ compensation insurance fraud is not a victimless crime. It impacts honest business owners who comply with the law to provide insurance coverage for their employees. In the United States, workers compensation fraud costs insured employers $2 billion annually.  The District Attorney’s Office is committed to vigorously prosecuting dishonest employees who steal disability benefits they are not entitled to receive.

 

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office is the public prosecutor for the county’s 850,000 residents. The office employs approximately 280 employees including attorneys, investigators, victim advocates, and other professional support staff who strive to seek justice, ensure public safety, and protect the rights of crime victims.

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