Orange County, Calif., Man Arrested on 19 Counts of Workers’ Comp Fraud

August 19, 2002

Nasir Husain, 59, was arrested by investigators from the California Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Branch’s Fraud Division. Husain was arrested at his home in Westminster on 19 felony counts of insurance fraud.

On Feb. 1, 2001, Husain, who worked for Johnson Controls, Inc., reportedly informed his supervisor that while working on an air conditioner at Whittier College in Sept. of 2000, he fell and injured his back. In a deposition in May 2001, Husain stated he told several people including two physicians he had sustained an industrial injury on Sept. 27, 2000.

According to medical records from the two physicians, Husain injured his back while washing his feet in a kitchen sink. Other alleged witnesses reported no knowledge of Husain’s industrial injury. Johnson Controls Inc., a self-insured company, paid a total of $24,464 on Husain’s alleged fraudulent workers’ compensation claim.

If convicted, Husain could face up to five years in state prison and/or a fine of $50,000. He is awaiting trial.

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