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Dr. Brent Pratley, Workers' Compensation Orthopedic Surgeon, Died On November 10th 2017 After A Long Illness
By Jorge Alexandria - November 21, 2017

Notorious California workers’ compensation orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Brent McGee Pratley, 82, passed away on November 10, 2017 in Orem, Utah following a long, undisclosed illness.  Dr. Pratley is survived by seven offspring, sixteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Dr. Pratley and his twin brother, Bruce, were born on September 29, 1935 in Bakersfield, California to Henry Hart and Gladys Cooper Pratley. Following the deaths of his parents, Dr. Pratley was raised by his maternal grandparents, Walter and Selma Cooper. He graduated from Herbert Hoover High School (Glendale, California) in 1953 and from Brigham Young University in 1962 with a B.S. in geology and four seasons on the BYU baseball team.

Del Real Father And Son Plead Guilty To Four Felony Counts Of Workers’ Compensation Fraud In Salinas, California
By Lonce Lamonte and the California Department of Insurance - November 20, 2017

The two ran a farm labor business and denied medical treatment to legitimately injured laborers

Jaime Rosario Del Real, 61, and son Israel Del Real, 37, both pleaded guilty to four felony counts for their role in a $400,000 insurance fraud scheme denying workers' compensation insurance and medical care for injured workers. 

The father and son duo were sentenced to 250 days in jail, 10 years felony probation, and ordered to pay $382,951 in restitution. This case was prosecuted by the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

Doing business as Del Real Produce and Packing and Del Real Packing, LLC, the Del Reals worked as farm labor contractors providing laborers for picking and packing lettuce for growers in Monterey County and Yuma Arizona. After receiving information from an insurer, Department of Insurance detectives found the Del Reals had concealed injuries their workers sustained and refused to pay for medical treatment or provide other benefits to which the injured workers were entitled.

Norma Reyna Garner Released Of All Charges In Landmark Medical Case In Orange County
By Lonce Lamonte - November 16, 2017

Norma Reyna Garner appeared in court room C-45 in Orange County Superior Court on Monday morning, November 13th 2017.   She was there waiting as she sat alone at the bench at 9:15 am in front of the low wall in the judge’s area with her lawyer, Jeffrey Isaacs, behind her leaning on the wall.  Isaacs, wearing a red tie and a dark grey suit, waited patiently for proceedings to begin.

There was no one else in the court room but the bailiffs and the clerk.  Norma looked relaxed and well in her fine black suit.   Her brown hair with light highlights weaved throughout was nicely styled as it fell to her shoulders.  She looked like one of the attorneys. 

California Court of Appeal Denies Defense's Petition For Writ Of Mandate In Sim Hoffman, M.D. Workers' Compensation Fraud Case
By Lonce Lamonte - November 15, 2017

The California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three in Santa Ana ruled in favor of the Orange County Superior Court and the real parties in interest, Deputy DAs Shaddi Kamiabipour and Yvette Patko, in the case of Sim Hoffman, M.D., on November 7th 2017. 

Under its final rubric of Disposition on page 15, the writer of the Opinion, Judge Raymond Ikola, wrote:  The petition for writ of mandate is denied.  The order to show cause is discharged.  The stay is dissolved upon issuance of the remittitur.

So, Dr. Hoffman’s petition for a writ of mandate which he hoped would overrule the Honorable Richard King’s denial of his demurrer, failed.  Thus, the Orange County District Attorney’s case against Dr. Hoffman for egregious workers’ compensation billing fraud can finally, once again, move forward.  This case has been ongoing since May of 2011. 

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November 7, 2017 - California DWC Suspends Christopher King, Marisa Schermbeck Nelson And 19 More From Participating As Providers In The Workers’ Compensation System. Total Number Of Suspended Providers For 2017 Is Now 73.

November 1, 2017 - Paul Turley And Peter Nelson Released On Their Own Recognizance In Criminal Organization Munir Uwaydah Case In Downtown L.A. Prosecution Files Three Brand New Complaints.

October 30, 2017 - Prosecution In Uwaydah Case In Downtown L.A. Gets A Hundred And Thirty Counts Dismissed From Three Complaints. Lead Prosecutor Says He Will Refile.

October 26, 2017 - California DWC Suspends Medical Providers Byong Chun “David” Min, Sujan Thyagaraj, and Rhonda Singleton for Fraud

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