RTA bus driver pleads guilty to fraud charges
RTA issued a statement Monday that George Bateman, 46, of Corona pleaded guilty March 7 to one count of insurance fraud, resulting in 180 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. He is set to be sentenced May 30.Bateman was placed on permanent disability in February 2012 after complaining of neck, shoulder and back pain. DA investigators began monitoring Bateman following his medical leave and reports of fraud.During the investigation, which combined the efforts of both RTA and the DA’s ofce, Bateman was observed operate his own limousine service, and he was videotaped driving, handling customer luggage, lifting bags of ice, tire rims and cases of water without any sign of restriction. Employees who are on TTD are required to report any outside income.Bateman did not report any income from his limousine business. RTA carries workers’ compensation insurance coverage as required by law to protect employees who are injured on the job.Roughly 360 RTA employees are covered by the insurance, which provides for medical treatment and loss of earnings that result from work related injuries.”Workers’ c hollister sale ompensation fraud is not a victimless crime,” said RTA Chairman of the Board Marion Ashley. “We are committed to detecting and deterring fraud hollister sale in workers’ compensatio hollister sale n by any means possible.”The Ri hollister sale verside District Attorney’s Ofce has a designated unit of two deputy district attorneys and six senior investigators who are specically tasked to investigate and prosecute workers’ compensation fraud. Because of the huge impact this type of fraud has on the community it is one of District Attorney Paul Zellerbach’s priorities since he’s been in ofce.