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Former LAPD Officer Arrested for Workers’ Compensation Fraud NR19275ti

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.


Statements on Fair and Constitutional Policing NR19273ti

The Los Angeles Police Department is committed to fair and constitutional policing. We strive to ensure our stops and searches are lawful and done in a manner that builds community trust. Should we fall short of that standard we move quickly to take corrective action, including discipline when appropriate.

Regarding the LA Times analysis of some of our stop and search data, we do not believe the information provided tells a complete story. While the numbers presented reflect racial disparities when compared to the proportions of residential population, they do not define or describe the circumstances of each stop or search. As the LA Times has previously reported, the disparities neither prove nor disprove racial profiling or other improper action by the Department or individual officer involved.

It is our expectation that every contact with the public is conducted in a lawful and respectful manner, based on reasonable suspicion or consent regardless of race or ethnicity. The Department responds to and investigates any instance in which a motorist believes the officers' actions were improper. Additionally, our uniform personnel now have body-worn cameras which provides all involved the ability to later review the facts and circumstances of any stop or search.

Policing Los Angeles requires the flexibility to respond to changing criminal activity and for the ability to deploy resources into communities that are being victimized. We are mindful that these heightened responses may create anxiety at times for portions of communities that may already feel "over-policed." Most recently we have taken steps to more actively manage the actual number of personnel in some of these neighborhoods to avoid the perception of a constant over-deployment. Additionally, we have reinforced expectations that each stop be conducted in a manner demonstrating our respect for the communities we serve.

A sense of safety by our communities is built on trust. Trust that each action of an officer is fair and constitutional. The Department has no tolerance for any officer that would use race as a basis for a stop or search.


61-Year-Old Killed in Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision NR19271ml

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's South Traffic Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification
and arrest of the suspect involved in a fatal hit and run collision.

On October 6, 2019, at approximately 3:40 a.m., an unknown vehicle traveling southbound Figueroa Street, collided with a pedestrian who was crossing eastbound Manchester Boulevard at Figueroa Street on the south side crosswalk.

After being struck, the victim laid motionless on the ground and was struck a second time by a silver Chevy Traverse whom remained at scene.

The unknown vehicle fled the scene, failing to stop and render aid after striking the pedestrian.

The victim died at scene. The victim was identified as Wardell Nelson Jr. 61-years-old, from Los Angeles.

Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should stop, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members that provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact South Traffic Division, Detective Moreno or Detective Gonzales, at 323-421-2500 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on, "Anonymous Web Tips" under the, "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an
online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the, "P3 Tips" mobile application and select
the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Rape Suspect Arrested NR19272ml

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Division have released a photo of a suspect charged in two sexual assault cases in the hope of identifying other victims.

The first reported incident occurred in October 2018. The victim consumed alcoholic drinks inside of a night club in West Hollywood. The victim left the night club alone, and intoxicated.

The suspect approached the victim, and offered a ride home at a fare lower than rideshare services. The intoxicated victim agreed, and subsequently lost consciousness on the way home due to level of intoxication. When the victim regained consciousness, in the back seat of the vehicle being sexually assaulted by the suspect.

The second reported incident involved a different victim attending the same night club in September 2019. The victim attended the club with friends and consumed alcoholic beverages inside of the club. The victim left the club alone and intoxicated.

The victim had lapses of awareness, and recalled being in the suspect's vehicle after leaving the club. The victim lost consciousness in the suspect's vehicle, and awoke to the sexual assault.


During the investigations, both victims identified Dayvid Sherman. In both incidents, Sherman was providing transportation services in a large Black SUV.

On October 3, 2019 at 11:35 a.m., LAPD detectives have arrested Dayvid Sherman for 261 (a) (3) PC, Rape of an Intoxicated Person a felony, Bail Set at $200,000.00.

Sherman is described as a 48-year-old, male, Black, black hair, brown eyes, and standing at 6 feet 2 inches tall.

Anyone with additional information regarding Dayvid Sherman or any additional victims are asked to call Southwest Area Detective Javier Orijel, at (323) 290-2976. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipster may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.