California Department of Insurance (CDI) Fraud Division investigators, with the assistance of the Glendale Police Department, arrested Robert Galante, 45, of Simi Valley, on a felony warrant charging him with two counts of workers’ compensation fraud. The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case. If convicted, Galante could face up to five years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.
Investigators allege that Galante, while employed as a power line truck operator in July 2001, claimed he suffered an ankle injury. He claimed he could not drive for more than a 10-mile radius, and required an air cast and crutches. He was offered a modified work arrangement, but declined and took disability benefits.
Video surveillance reportedly shows Galante using only one crutch during trips to and from the medical facilities. He had allegedly misrepresented his claim in statements to his medical doctors.
The City of Glendale paid $13,310 in the case.
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