Transportation worker from Pomona charged with workers compensation fraud, perjury

(Los Angeles, CA – Insurance News and Markets) –  Pomona woman was arrested by detectives with the California Department of Insurance Fraud Division, at the Pomona Police Department in early May. Melissa Halsell, 48, of Pomona, was booked on one felony count of workers’ compensation fraud and one count of attempted perjury after allegedly filing a workers’ compensation claim for a pre-existing medical condition and denying she had received prior treatment.

“Individuals who file fraudulent workers’ compensation claims take advantage of a system designed to help honest workers injured on the job, “said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. “Fraud costs are passed along to business and consumers through increased rates and higher costs of goods and services. My department remains steadfast in our mission to curb workers’ compensation crime in all of its forms.”

Halsell had worked at MV Transportation for approximately three months before filing a workers’ compensation claim for an alleged work-related injury. An investigation by California Department of Insurance detectives revealed Halsell had pre-existing injuries and had received prior medical treatment for them. During a deposition Halsell denied ever receiving treatment. The claim was ultimately denied after her extensive, undisclosed medical records were discovered.

Bail was set for $30,000. This case is being prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Source: California Department of Insurance.