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On Jury Duty and WC Fraud

So, dear readers, sit back and listen to a bit of your humble blogger’s story-time.  When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, still an eager intern with the District Attorney’s office, I witnessed the most magical of sights.  While going through the security check point at Superior Court, a defendant appearing for a minor traffic matter had some controlled substance and related paraphernalia were found in her purse.  In an effort to put the sheriff’s deputy’s mind at ease, the soon-to-be arrested young woman said: “I wasn’t going to smoke it in the courthouse.”

Look, folks, the Courts are not the place to engage in shenanigans of any sort, but least of all shenanigans of the workers’ compensation fraud variety.  Scott Masters, apparently, was not aware of the WCDefenseCA prohibition on Court shenanigans.

While reporting for jury duty in San Bernardino county, Mr. Masters allegedly fell and sustained injury to his left knee.  However, he then filed a claim against San Bernardino as an employee-juror.  At his deposition, however, he lied about his past knee injuries, denying that he had a history of arthritis and treatment to his left knee.

So, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office filed charges, and on September 4, 2014, the bracelets went *click*.

So, let this be a lesson to all of us: DO NOT DEFRAUD YOUR LOCAL COURT HOUSE.

Your humble blogger can only hope that all district attorneys will treat such fraud with so much zeal, whether or not the defendant is a government entity.

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