Skateboard Injury Led to $15K Workers’ Comp Fraud

September 14, 2010

Investigators say a 26-year-old Southern California skateboarder fell and broke his elbow, then claimed more than $15,000 in workers’ compensation by saying he stumbled at work.

Rudy Matthew Ursua is charged with nine felony counts, including making fraudulent statements and lying about his injuries in violation of Insurance Code and grand theft.

The Victorville Daily Press says Ursua filed for workers’ comp benefits in 2008 while working for RCR Plumbing & Mechanical. Ursua claimed he was injured at work when he stepped on plumbing fittings on the warehouse floor.

But San Bernardino County district attorney’s office investigator Hank June said it was later determined Ursua fell and fractured his left elbow while skateboarding at his girlfriend’s house.

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