Vineyard worker sentenced for workers' compensation fraud

2013-03-12T18:07:00Z 2013-03-12T18:11:14Z Vineyard worker sentenced for workers' compensation fraud Napa Valley Register
March 12, 2013 6:07 pm

A 24-year-old vineyard worker was sentenced March 7 in Napa County Superior Court to 45 days in jail for falsely claiming he had broken his hand during a fall at work, according to the Napa County District Attorney’s Office. He was also ordered to pay $1,279 in restitution.

In February 2012, Ivan Ruiz-Hernandez, of Clearlake, had sought medical treatment and reported the incident to his employer, St. Supery Vineyards and Winery, as a job-related injury, authorities said. But investigators found Ruiz-Hernandez had injured himself during a physical fight weeks earlier, according to the Napa County District Attorney’s Office and court records.

The California Department of Insurance reported the incident to the Napa County District Attorney’s Office in June 2012.

Ruiz-Hernandez was arrested Feb. 20 on suspicion of workers' compensation fraud, according to the Napa County District Attorney’s Office.

On March 7, Ruiz-Hernandez was convicted and sentenced for misdemeanor violations of insurance fraud and making false statements to obtain compensation under a plea agreement reached with the prosecution, according to court records.

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