For the third time this year, authorities have arrested a Hacienda La Puente Unified School District employee on suspicion of workers’ compensation fraud.
Police on Monday arrested Alfred Thomas Velasquez, 54. He faces three counts of insurance fraud for allegedly faking an injury so he could collect workers’ compensation benefits. Superintendent Barbara Nakaoka declined to describe Velasquez’s duties at the district.
According to Bill Warner, manager of the Special Investigations Unit for the company that handles the district’s insurance claims, Velasquez claimed he injured his neck and shoulder while trying to catch a falling bag of fertilizer in September 2009.
Shortly after Velasquez made the claim, an investigator recorded video of him putting up Christmas decorations, some of which appeared to be large and heavy, and hammering stakes into the ground.
See J.D. Velasco’s full story at Fraud