California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced that Trent Allen Sudbeck of Lake Forest, Calif., was convicted of multiple insurance fraud related crimes on May 11. Sudbeck was found guilty of providing false statements in support of an insurance claim, prescription forgery, commercial burglary and grand theft. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail, three years formal probation and ordered to pay restitution.
According to the Department of Insurance, in November 1996, Sudbeck was involved in an automobile collision while performing duties for his employer. As a result of the collision, he suffered a lower back injury, which was covered under his employer’s workers compensation policy. In April and in June 2006, Sudbeck presented forged prescriptions for Oxycontin to a pharmacy in Mission Viejo. On those two occasions, he obtained 240 tablets of Oxycontin from the pharmacy, valued at $1416.
Upon discovery of the forged prescription, the workers compensation insurance company referred the case to the Department of Insurance. CDI launched an investigation into Sudbeck’s illegal activity, which ultimately led to his conviction.
This case was prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.