Two siblings were arrested on Thursday for allegedly concocting a scheme that defrauded workers’ compensation insurers and employers by billing more than $24 million for unneeded interpreting services provided in four counties, including San Diego.
Sherman Oaks residents Francisco Javier Gomez, Jr., 32, and Angela Rehmann, 38, allegedly used their company, G&G Interpreting, to bill for translation services provided to clinics where the majority of the staff spoke Spanish and did not need translators.
In other cases, the company allegedly billed for services to clinics where 13 treating physicians spoke fluent Spanish and there was also no need for translation, according to the state Department of Insurance.
“People often make the mistake of thinking insurance fraud is a victimless crime — it is not,” Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said. “When those providing services to injured workers line their pockets by ripping off workers’ compensation insurers through fraudulent over-billing practices and charging for services that never occurred, we all end up paying.”
G&G Interpreting had a substantial operation providing Spanish-language interpreting services in Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties for injured workers receiving health care services through the workers’ compensation system, Jones said.
Prosecutors said the investigation revealed that 83,411 interpreting service events exceeded 12 hours in a day — more hours than the clinics were actually open.
Investigators also allegedly found that G&G Interpreting billed workers’ compensation insurers more than $422,000 for the services of an interpreter who was actually behind bars during the time the company claimed she was providing interpreting services.
— City News Service
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