The Orange County District Attorney’s office filed charges June 5 on 10 attorneys and six “cappers” for alleged participation in a multimillion dollar workers’ compensation insurance referral scheme.
According to an OCDA news release, this is the first phase of filing of charges following a three-year insurance fraud investigation by the OCDA’s office Bureau of Investigation, Insurance Fraud Unit assisted by the California Department of Insurance.
The scheme is said to have targeted people in predominantly Spanish-speaking communities, according to the release.
The defendants are charged with multiple felony counts of conspiring to refer clients for compensation, referring patients/clients with reckless disregard for commission of fraud and insurance fraud.
The attorneys face maximum sentences ranging from seven years to 25 years and eight months in state prison. Alleged cappers face maximum sentences ranging from 20 years and eight months to 29 years and eight months in state prison.
According to the OCDA’s office, “Business & Professions Code § 6152 prohibits individuals or businesses from procuring clients (aka ‘capping’) for attorneys or law offices.”