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Defendant Sentenced for Felony Workers’ Comp Insurance Fraud

DATE:  September 5, 2017

CASE:  Brian Christopher Hansen (Case #12F03825)

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney John MacKenzie, Insurance Fraud Unit

Brian Christopher Hansen pled no contest to felony insurance fraud.  The Honorable Jaime Román sentenced Hansen to 180 days county jail and 5 years formal probation. 

Hansen was a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer who sustained a back injury while on duty in November 2008.  After being medically treated, he was placed on limited duty status in April 2009.  Hansen worked one day watching training videos for four hours, but never returned stating it was too painful to sit for extended periods of time.  In July 2009, the CHP began an investigation.  During the investigation, Hansen was observed performing tasks that were in conflict with what he reported his functional limitations were at the time, including driving non-stop for hours and participating in outdoor activities.  Physicians who reviewed his medical reports and surveillance videos agreed Hansen did suffer an injury, but that he overstated his symptoms and understated his capabilities regarding his workers’ compensation claim.

As part of his sentence, Hansen is prohibited from ever seeking or accepting employment as a law enforcement officer.

This case was investigated by the California Highway Patrol Internal Affairs Division Workers Compensation Insurance Fraud Unit.

 

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