A former California Highway Patrol officer has been convicted in a case involving workers’ compensation insurance fraud.
Sacramento County jury on Thursday convicted Tony Yao on felony charges
of failure to disclose a prior motor vehicle accident and resulting
injury, making false statements in support of his workers’ compensation
claim and filing a false claim.
Yao was a CHP officer working in
the Commissioner’s Support Unit when he alleged he had suffered a work
injury to his back, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s
Office news release. The claim was administered by the State
Compensation Insurance Fund, and the CHP’s Internal Affairs Workers’
Compensation Fraud Unit investigated the claim.
that Yao failed to disclose and concealed a 2005 motor vehicle accident
that caused injury to the same part of his back that he alleged he
injured in the in workers’ compensation claim, authorities said.
claimed he was unable to work because he could not bend, twist, walk
without a cane and needed help with everyday activities, such as washing
and dressing. But video surveillance showed Yao was able to walk
normally without a cane, bend and twist with ease, and that he was able
to pound stakes in his front yard to mount a flag.
claimed that he mistakenly gave the wrong date for when his injury
occurred on his workers’ compensation claim form and filed an amended
claim to change the date. Evidence showed Yao changed the date to
conform to information contained in his medical records in an effort to
conceal his pre-existing back injury from the State Compensation
Insurance Fund, authorities said.
Yao is to be sentenced Jan. 28 before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Russell Hom.