Workers Comp Fraud Results in 8 Years in Prison

wc_posterChip Kyle Bolton, 33 of Arizona formerly of Salinas was sentenced by a judge to the maximum penalty of eight years and eight months for workers comp fraud.

This ruling comes on the heels of an appeal from April of 2014 where a jury convicted Bolton on seven counts of workers comp and welfare fraud.  Judge Scott who sentenced Bolton called him a perennial liar and that this was the one truth that was proven during this trial.

Bolton reported an on the job injury in 2011 to his employer and received medical treatment according to workers compensation.  He was then placed on total temporary disability for the injuries that he described to his physicians.  He stated to claims adjusters that he was unable to stand for periods of time without numbness and tingling, Bolton also stated that it affected his ability to hold and interact with his baby daughter.  The same day he made these statements he was investigated and filed at the local YMCA on an elliptical machine and playing basketball, he denied these allegations even though it was shown on film.

The Insurance Commissioner of California makes it his duty to find people like Bolton the lie and exaggerate the truth in order to defraud the government for money and in turn cost the good people of California tax money.  It is his mission to find this people and bring them to justice.

Bolton was convicted on two counts of false/fraudulent statements in order to obtain workers’ compensation benefits, one count of insurance fraud, one count of attempted perjury, one count of perjury, one count of welfare fraud and one count of grand theft. Victim restitution is ordered in the amount of $60,488 for the workers’ compensation fraud; $18,912 to the Department of Social Services and $4,950 to the Employment Development Department for a total restitution of $84,350.

Source:  The Californian

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