California Correctional Officer Arrested for Fraud

California’s Department of Insurance has reported that of Alexander Agamemnon Bourdaniotis, 32, of Carmichael, Calif., a youth correctional counselor at the state’s Division of Juvenile Justice (formerly the California Youth Authority), was arrested on six felony charges related to workers’ compensation insurance fraud: four counts of insurance fraud, one count of attempted theft by false pretenses, and one count of filing a fraudulent claim with a State Board.

Each insurance fraud count carries up to five years in state prison. Also, California workers’ compensation fraud statutes require restitution of double the monetary amount of the fraud; the suspected loss on this case is more than $150,000, not including more than $1.6 million in disability retirement from the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) that would have been paid out on this suspect claim.

On Nov. 6, 2005, Bourdaniotis was allegedly assaulted by a youth inmate at the Preston Youth Correctional Facility in Lone, Calif. According to investigators, Bourdaniotis was treated at a local hospital, released and, adhering to standard operating procedure, another correctional officer was assigned to drive Bourdaniotis home after being relieved of his shift that day. Purportedly, Bourdaniotis would not let the other officer drive his truck and consequently drove himself the approximately 40 miles home. However, investigators say that Bourdaniotis subsequently told doctors his injuries from the alleged assault were so bad that he could not drive himself home.

Due to his alleged injuries, Bourdaniotis was relieved of duty and never returned to work. During his treatments, Bourdaniotis supposedly maintained that he could not follow the plot of a TV program, which investigators observed was contrary to his demonstrated abilities.

Investigators found that on Nov.14, 2005 — eight days after his allegedly debilitating attack and corresponding injuries — Bourdaniotis enrolled in and completed the 45-hour correspondence course required by the California Department of Real Estate to obtain a real estate license.

The following day he applied for the California Department of Real Estate Salesperson Examination, and on Dec.20, 2005, Bourdaniotis took and passed this exam.

Investigators further discovered that Bourdaniotis applied for and passed his California State Contractors License Board General Contractor’s license examinations on April 3, 2006.

This case, which is being prosecuted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, is the result of a six-month joint investigation by the California Department of Insurance Fraud Division (CDI) and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Office of Internal Affairs’ Workers’ Compensation Fraud High Impact Team. CalPERS and the State Compensation Insurance Fund, the insurance carrier in his case, were also instrumental in the investigation.

source: http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2008/03/12/88128.htm

3 Responses

  1. This case was dismissed and should have never been brought! Most of the information is grossly inaccurate. Web owner, please delete this from your site as it’s adversely effecting me! Numerous sites, including the DIR either have or will be deleting this info from their sites. Please include a phone number to reach you to discuss this. The department was culpable and I was paid a settlement.

    • Web owner/administrator, your source link does not exist as this is a gross misrepresentation of facts. Please remove!

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