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Friday, May 17, 2019

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LAPD Officer Arrested for Workers’ Compensation Fraud NR19128dm

Los Angeles: Police Officer III Mario Jacinto, assigned to Newton Area, was arrested today in the City of Diamond Bar on a felony arrest warrant for workers' compensation fraud. The Los Angeles Police Department's Special Operations Division, Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit, conducted an investigation that stemmed from a medical claim filed by Jacinto in 2018.

Investigators working in partnership with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Healthcare Fraud Division, as well as the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, established probable cause to believe that Jacinto knowingly engaged in physical activities inconsistent with his claimed injury while off work on disability. As a result, he received benefits to which he was not entitled. Jacinto was booked in Los Angeles County and released after posting a $50,000 bail. Jacinto, a 16-year veteran of the Department, is 40 years old and resides in Los Angeles County, California. He is currently assigned to home.

The LAPD's Workers Compensation Fraud Unit was expanded in late 2008 to investigate workers' compensation fraud and other allegations involving abuse of benefits by City employees. The goal of the Department is to aggressively investigate fraud and abuse of benefits within the workers' compensation system. As of January 2018, the Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit has made five arrests of Department employees for workers' compensation fraud.

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