Former Bell Gardens Officer Pleads to Workers’ Comp Fraud

By EGP News

Former Bell Gardens police officer John Novacks, 31, pleaded no contest last week to charges of filing a false workplace injury claim, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Novacks pleaded to one felony count of workers’ compensation insurance fraud, said Deputy District Attorney Arunas Sodonis of the Healthcare Fraud Division.

According to the district attorney, Kovacs falsely claimed he had sustained a knee injury while on the job, but an internal investigation by Bell Gardens Police determined Kovacs was not injured on the job, but while taking part in a physical agility test for the Huntington Beach Police Department.

Kovacs was ordered to complete 400 hours of community service and pay a $4,000 fine to the state workers’ compensation fund.

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April 10, 2014  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.


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