Landscaping Worker Sentenced For Worker’s Compensation Insurance Fraud After Lying About Injury

Angel Luis Maces, 24, of San Jacinto, pleaded guilty to one count of felony workers’ compensation insurance fraud after a months-long investigation by the Department of Insurance (DOI). The plea agreement will see Maces serve 24 months of probation, in addition to 270 days in a Sheriff’s work-release program, and pay $76,868 in restitution.

Maces had been employed by a landscaping company in Temecula, and claimed to have injured his knee when he slipped and fell, subsequently needing a cane or crutches 100% of the time. Maces was arrested in February after DOI surveillance showed him “conducting activities that contradicted the physical limitations he described,” including not using a cane or crutches.