Jeffrey Ferguson of Tuolumne self-surrendered to authorities on March 13. The 41-year-old man was arrested for workers’ compensation fraud.
According to investigators, Ferguson was employed as a licensed vocational nurse at Tuolumne County Hospital from August 1994 through April 1995. While employed there, he submitted four workers’ comp claims for injuries to his wrists, back and right heel. Tuolumne County Hospital is self-insured. In June 1998, Ferguson competed in a 43-minute tug-of-war contest at the 49th Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee. A videotape of the event revealed the truth-Ferguson was participating in physical activities that were contrary to his subjective claims.
As a result of his false statements and misrepresentations, Tuolumne County incurred losses of more than $75,000.