On December 2nd, 2019 the Special Investigative Unit of RJN Investigations, Inc. was formally notified by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office regarding the successful prosecution in the case of People of California vs. R. Purvis. In this case, the claimant’s deposition was taken in Los Angeles County under the penalty of perjury. The claimant made several material misrepresentations in his testimony regarding his true prior medical and claim history. Then while out on Temporary Total Disability, the claimant was videotaped working on a car, bending, squatting, reaching, etc., showing no restrictions. The video evidence was then shown to the AME and he was subsequently deposed. In the AME testimony, he confirmed that the claimant was not truthful to him regarding his true medical/claim history. He also questioned the claimant’s credibility and stated that although he limped in his office during the examination, he noticed no such limp in the video evidence. After the cross-examination, the AME lowered his WPI rating. In compliance with the regulations set forth by the California Department of Insurance, the RJN SIU formally referred the case to their Fraud Division and to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Upon completion of their criminal investigation, the claimant was formally charged with violation of Penal Code Section 664-118(a) (attempted perjury ) and 487(a) (grand theft ) After attending in excess of 10 criminal hearings at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the claimant entered into a plea-bargaining agreement. As part of his formal probation, the claimant was ordered to pay back restitution to the school district in an amount that will be determined by the Superior Court Judge at the time of sentencing.
ABOUT R.J.N. SIU:
Formed in 1996, the SIU Division was created to assist California employers, small size insurance carriers and TPA firms in securing professional assistance so as to detect, investigate and prosecute insurance fraud. To date, the unit has trained well over 3,500 examiners and the documented referrals by this unit have resulted in over 195 convictions for workers’ compensation insurance fraud in California.