California Rice Mill Worker Sentenced To Probation And Fined in Workers’ Compensation Fraud Case

A rice mill worker who claimed an abdominal injury from lifting bags of rice has been found guilty of misrepresenting her symptoms and receiving almost $7,000 in undeserved workers’ compensation benefits. Brooke Gomez, 29, of Maxwell California, was sentenced to 12 months probation and fined of $630, and was ordered to pay restitution¬†in the amount of $6,000. Gomez received workers’ comp payments, but was observed working another job by coworkers. An investigation by the California Department of Insurance revealed that Gomez was working as a bartender, performing job duties she claimed to be unable to due to her injury. In addition, Gomez was overheard discussing her claim with patrons and mentioning her desire to hide her second job while receiving benefits. The employer’s insurer is said to have paid out $6,893 in undeserved benefits, and lost an additional $8,992 in costs stemming from the investigation and legal proceedings.