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Press Release

Surveillance at Knott’s Berry Farm Leads to Criminal Charges

7/12/2017

On July 12th, 2017, the Special Investigative Unit of RJN Investigations, Inc. was formally notified by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office regarding the outcome of the preliminary hearing based upon submission of a documented referral.  In this particular case, the claimant worked as a line cook and was subsequently terminated for being a no show/no call for work.  He subsequently retained an attorney who filed an application alleging an injury to his back, legs, neck and both shoulders from unloading boxes of food.  A surveillance level investigation performed in advance of the claimant’s deposition found him going to Knott’s Berry Farm where he was videotaped going on several rides throughout the park.  In his deposition that was taken just one month afterwards, the claimant admitted going to Knott’s Berry Farm, but stated he did not go on any of the rides and utilized a scooter the entire time.  In the surveillance video, the claimant was never seen on a scooter.  The video evidence was the provided to the Panel QME for review and comment in a supplemental report.  In his report, the QME altered his original medical opinion and rated the claimant to have a zero whole person impairment.  Upon receipt of that report and in compliance with regulations set forth by the California Department of Insurance, the case was formally filed by the RJN SIU to their Fraud Division as well as to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.  upon completion of their criminal investigation, the claimant was subsequently charged with one felony count in violation of Insurance Code 1871.4(a)(2), one felony count in violation of Penal Code Section 550(b)(1) and one misdemeanor count in violation of Penal Code Section 664-118(a).  At the claimant’s preliminary hearing held on this date, he entered a plea of not guilty.  As such, he is now free on bail pending his next hearing. 

 

 

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