|Former Orange County Life Insurance Agent, Brian Jared Smart, Sentenced To 15 Years For Elder Financial Abuse|
By Lonce Lamonte and the California Department of Insurance - June 21, 2018
Agent scammed at least five elderly victims out of over $1.8 million.
Brian Jared Smart, 41, a former life insurance agent who did business in Orange County, California, pleaded guilty to a dozen felony counts of theft after stealing over $1.8 million from at least five elderly clients. Smart was sentenced to 15 years in state prison and ordered to pay $1,810,508 in restitution to his victims.
"Smart's crimes are reprehensible and egregious,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "Smart gained his clients' trust in order to access their money and then heartlessly stole from them over a period of years. Thanks to the hard work of investigators at the Department of Insurance and the Orange County District Attorney's office, his victims have justice."
|California Division of Workers’ Compensation Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (DMEPOS)|
By Lonce Lamonte and the California Division of Workers' Compensation - June 20, 2018
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted an order adjusting the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule to conform to the 2018 changes in the Medicare payment system as required by Labor Code section 5307.1.
The order, which is effective for services on or after July 1, 2018, adopts the Medicare
|Former Cambridge Employees Reunite at Restaurant in Pasadena|
By Eddie Avilez - June 17, 2018
“If you build it, (they) will come” seems to best fit the energy and turnout at the event held on Friday June 1st 2018 at the El Torito restaurant located on Foothill Blvd in Pasadena, California. What started out as an impromptu suggestion turned out to be a well-established and heartfelt reunion for the ages. It was also dubbed as a Bierly & Associates, Hertz Claims Management, Presidium, Inc., and a Cambridge Integrated Services Group reunion because some of the former employees were originally workers from the previous companies prior to the Cambridge formation.
The suggestion was made by Martha Ramirez on her Facebook page, a hyperbolic comment which turned into a grass roots word of mouth wild fire, spreading throughout the tall grass of the social media platform. When asked how she ended up being the official organizer she replied, “Don’t know; it kind of just happened!” Both Martha Ramirez (Senior Adjuster from Adminsure) and Regina Diaz (AIMS in Santa Ana) hosted the event which pulled in at least 65 former employees within the first hour of the event. More attendees began to show up after a bout with Friday night traffic. Some came from as far as Victorville for the event.
|Erwin Mejia, Former Material Damage Appraiser, Sentenced To 10 Years In State Prison For His Role In Staged Collision Ring|
By Lonce Lamonte and the California Department of Insurance - June 16, 2018
Erwin Raul Mejia, age 42, of Van Nuys, was sentenced to 10 years in state prison following his conviction on 10 felony counts of insurance fraud for his role in a staged auto collision ring that bilked insurers out of more than $700,000. Mejia was also ordered to pay $699,784 in restitution to six auto insurers, including over $420,000 to Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.
"This is a significant conviction and sentence on an insurance fraud case and it sends an important message to those who commit fraud-we will find you and you will be prosecuted," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "Thanks to the excellent work of department detectives and aggressive prosecution by the Los Angeles District Attorney's office, we were able to take down this organized ring of fraudsters and put them out of business."
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