Calif. Public Works Ops Manager Arrested for WC Fraud

March 13, 2003

Doyle E. Champlain, 45, of Orangevale, Calif., was arrested without incident and booked into the Placer County Jail on five felony counts of insurance fraud and one felony count of attempted perjury. If convicted, Champlain could face up to five years in state prison and/or a maximum fine of $50,000. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case.

On Nov. 30, 2001, Champlain, Sewer Division Supervisor for the City of Folsom reportedly made a workers’ compensation claim for an injury to his left wrist and surgery was performed on April 22, 2002. On May 31, 2002, the City of Folsom discovered that Champlain was allegedly using the city’s discount at a local industrial supply company. Surveillance was initiated and it was discovered Champlain was allegedly working and performing plumbing services for the State of California under the business name of D&R Services. On Aug. 19, 2002, Champlain was deposed and testified that his side employment abilities were very, very limited and that he had to use additional help to do the physical portions of the jobs. The surveillance video clearly shows Champlain performing all of the physical labor himself.

Champlain subsequently left his employment with the City of Folsom and is currently the operations manager of Public Works for the City of Lincoln.

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