San Diego County Superior Court Judge Timothy Walsh has ordered an employee of a San Diego construction company to pay $13,667 in restitution to the California State Compensation Insurance Fund in a workers’ compensation insurance fraud case. Judge Walsh also sentenced Daniel Camenzind to 180 days of stayed custody, 45 days of work furlough, and five years formal probation. Camenzind pleaded guilty to one count of felony workers’ compensation insurance fraud. The judge also ordered Camenzind to pay his formal employer – Grondin Construction – $25,000 in restitution.
Camenzind reported an injury to his lumbar spine after lifting a large piece of drywall at Grondin Construction, which is insured by State Fund. Several “red flags” prompted Grondin Construction to hire an investigator and have Camenzind videotaped. Film documented Camenzind performing activities that were contrary to his representation of his physical condition. Caught on video was footage of Camenzind purchasing and lifting heavy bags of concrete mix as well as other building material that he later used to build a fence. Grondin Construction then turned over the videotape to SCIF, which continued the investigation and forwarded the suspected fraud case to the San Diego County District Attorneys Office. The Department of Insurance (CDI) also assisted in the investigation.
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