RTA employee arrested for suspicion of faking on
For the second time in six months, a Riverside Transit Agency coach operator has been arrested for suspicion of making false claims about being injured on the job, according to a release from the agency dated Oct. 25.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Ofce led a criminal complaint against bus driver, Donald Evans, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, and a SuperiorCourt judge issued an arrest warrant on Wednesday, Oct. 2, charging him with one felony count of false workers’ compensation claimsfollowing a trafc accident while on the job.
The alleged inju hollister sale ries occurred on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, when a car struck the bumper of Evans’ Route 16 bus while it was parked at aRiverside bus stop.
The next day, RTA halted Evans’ bus driving after he complained about injuries to his head, neck and back, as well as his left ankleand arm as a result of the accident. Be hollister sale cause Evans claimed he was unable to work, RTA paid nearly $5,000 in medical payments, temporary disability costs and legal fees. On Friday, Jan. 11, a physician cleared Evans to resume full duty work.
During that time, an RTA review of on board video footage conrmed minimal contact between the vehicle and the bus, and nojolting at the time of the impact. None of the passengers aboard the bus complained of any pain. Although Evans claimed that hewas standing at the time of the accident to assist a disabled passenger, video footage showed him sitting in his seat.
On Friday, Jan. 18, a physician concluded that Evan’s alleged injuries were not consistent with the type of acci hollister sale dent in which he was involved.
Investigators with the DA’s ofce began investigating the 59 year old Moreno Valley man after receiving allegations of possibleinsurance fraud. During the investigation, RTA ofcials noted that Evans underwent a physical examination to renew his commercialdriver’s license and falsely denied any prior workers’ compensation claims.
This previous workers’ compensation fraud incident was last spring, when ofcials from the Riverside DA’s ofce concluded that the driver, w hollister sale ho was receiving RTA disability benets, was operating his ownlimousine service, and videotaped driving, handling customer luggage, and lifting bags of ice, tire rims and cases of water.
“We are focused on stamping out workers’ compensation fraud by any means possible,” said RTA Chairman of the Board MarionAshley. “We are committed to protecting RTA and other businesses that are negatively affected when insurance premiums rise tocover the cost of this type of abuse.”