Los Angeles: A former Los Angeles Police Officer was arrested today in the City of Manhattan Beach on a felony warrant for workers' compensation fraud.
Michael Simon, 39-year-old, of Redondo Beach, California, resigned from the Department in late 2016, after 12 years with the Department.
Investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department, Special Operations Division, 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 Simon knowingly engaged in physical activities inconsistent with his claimed injury while off work on disability. Simon received pay and benefits that he was not entitled to. Simon was booked in Los Angeles County for one count of Grand Theft, a violation of California Penal Code, Section 487 (A), and two counts of Worker's Compensation Fraud, a violation of California's Insurance Code, Section 1871.4 (A) (1). Michael's booking number is 5768707 and his bail is set at 40,000 dollars.
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 six arrests of Department employees for workers' compensation fraud.