Shuttle Bus Driver Convicted and Must Repay $15,750.53 in Restitution

On October 7th, 2020 the Special Investigative Unit of RJN Investigations was notified that the Fresno County District Attorney’s office successfully secured a guilty plea in the case of People of California v. J. Sarcadi. In this case the claimant accepted a plea deal in which he would change his original “not guilty” plea to “guilty” of a lessor misdemeanor charge. As part of this plea deal, the claimant was ordered to repay restitution in the amount of $15,750.53 and will be placed on formal probation for a duration of 3 years. With this plea, the claimant was able to avoid jail time. This conviction was as a result of a documented referral completed by RJN SIU. Significant surveillance video was secured by the RJN SIU of the claimant as he was seen completing errands and gardening activities at home with no apparent signs of hesitation or discomfort. The claimant performed these activities while out on workers compensation from his job as a shuttle driver. The surveillance video was subsequently provided to the QME who indicated the following, “The activities he is seen doing over a long period of time on November 12 and November 29 clearly document that this patient has been putting forth subjective complaints of pain and describing functional limitations that are simply not present. In other words, it would appear that his subjective complaints of pain have been fraudulent.” The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office was notified via documented referral who then assigned a criminal investigator to conduct a review of the file. This investigator determined that there were significant misrepresentations by the claimant and felt criminal charges were warranted. As such, a formal felony arrest warrant was issued for the claimant’s arrest. The claimant was arrested, arraigned and attended multiple criminal hearings before deciding to accept a plea deal.

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.


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