The California Department of Insurance announced today that Moses Luna, 73, of Newport Beach was arrested on 20 felony counts after an investigation into his business found that he had fraudulently billed multiple insurance carriers for translation and interpreting services, generating over $300,000 in fraudulent billings. The fraud scheme was revealed during an investigation in conjunction with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, which found that Luna had created and was in control of Adelante Interpreting Inc., hiding his ownership by using his daughter’s name. Luna referred all of his workers’ compensation clients to Adelante, failing to disclose his financial interest as required by law. The insurers paid the fees, which were otherwise valid as part of the claims process, with no knowledge of Luna’s self-dealing.
The insurance companies targeted by this scheme include ACM, AIG, Amtrust, BHHC, CompWest, Employers, ESIS, Farmers, Hartford, ICW, Liberty Mutual, Markel, Matrix, Midwest, Sedgwick, SCIF, Sentry, Travelers, York and Zurich. Luna is due back in court on January 19, 2021.