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LAPD sergeant arrested on workers comp, insurance fraud charges


LOS ANGELES—Investigators have arrested a veteran Los Angeles Police Department sergeant on charges of submitting an altered doctor’s note that enabled him to receive workers compensation benefits and stay off work longer than necessary.

The LAPD’s Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit arrested Juan Fernandez, who has 24 years of service with the department, on Thursday on felony charges of workers comp fraud and insurance fraud, according to a department statement.

The sergeant filed a claim that took him off the job from May 2010 to March 2011, and investigators began looking into his case after he submitted inconsistent doctor notes, the LAPD said.

If convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison and receive a fine of up to $150,000.

Last year, the LAPD workers comp fraud unit helped convict a detective who paid $105,000 in restitution for a fraudulent workers comp claim.