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Press Release

Chef Convicted in Orange County

1/22/2019

On January 8th, 2019, the Special Investigative Unit of RJN Investigations, Inc. was formally notified by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office pertaining to the successful prosecution in the case of the people of the State of California Vs. Y. Zhang. In this case, the claimant was off work and collected TTD benefits. While off work, a surveillance investigation was conducted to confirm if his level of activity compared to his reported abilities to doctors. The claimant was observed on numerous dates as he reported to work at another location as a chef. The claimant was then deposed and denied working for the past 1 1/2 years or making any money. He also denied working or even looking for work to his doctors. The claimant made various material misrepresentations in both instances. The claimant was subsequently arrested ultimately charged with multiple counts of insurance fraud, filing a false claim, and attempted perjury and entered a plea of not guilty on all counts. After multiple court dates and continuances, the claimant changed his plea to guilty on two counts of workers’ compensation fraud and one count of filing a false claim. He was sentenced to time served in county jail, 200 hours of community service and 3 years of formal probation. The restitution order has not been released on the county website.  

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 2,750 examiners and the documented referrals by this unit have resulted in over 187 convictions for workers’ compensation insurance fraud in California.

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