SAN BERNARDINO- On November 16, 2015, Valentino H. Douglas, 45, of Rialto, was arrested on multiple counts of felony insurance fraud after receiving more than $112,000 in workers' compensation benefits for an alleged work injury that actually occurred a month earlier while playing softball, according to California Department of Insurance detectives.
While employed as a security officer at Rialto High School, Douglas filed a workers' compensation claim in July 2013, two months after an altercation with a student claiming that he injured his shoulder during the incident. An investigation by Department of Insurance detectives revealed Douglas sought treatment a month earlier for the same shoulder injury stating that it occurred while playing softball.
"People who fraudulently obtain workers' compensation infuriate all of us who are law abiding," said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. "We all end up paying more for things as a result of fraud. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of people ripping off funds meant to help those who truly need it."
Videotape evidence showed Douglas exercising with a boot camp group with no apparent physical limitations. When questioned about his statements to physicians and his exercise activity, Douglas continued to misrepresent the facts of his alleged injury. The case is being prosecuted by the San Bernardino District Attorney's office.