Costa Mesa Man Arrested for Insurance Fraud

November 11, 2002

California Department of Insurance investigators announced the arrest of Gary Yost, 41, at his residence in Costa Mesa on Oct. 30, 2002 pursuant to an arrest warrant issued on Oct. 29, 2002 by the Orange County Superior Court. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office filed nine felony counts of insurance fraud against Yost that are related to his alleged May 5, 2000 industrial injury.

On May 5, 2000, Yost was working as a Custodian Supervisor for Service Master at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa when he allegedly injured his back. His treating physician placed Yost on Total Temporary Disability (TTD) in December 2000 when he claimed he could no longer perform modified work duties with his employer. Subrosa videotape in April 2001 showed Yost walking without any signs of discomfort.

Through witness interviews it was later discovered Yost was working at his wife’s janitorial cleaning service company while collecting TTD benefits. During his June 2001 deposition, Yost denied working anywhere since the date of his May 2000 industrial accident. After reviewing the subrosa videotape, Yost’s treating physicians felt he made a material misrepresentation about his disability to them during his medical evaluations.

As a result of Yost’s allegedly fraudulent statements, Zurich Insurance Company paid out $31,556.61 in expenses they would not have paid out on this claim.

Yost was transported and booked into the Orange County Mens Central Jail in Santa Ana and bail was set at $50,000. If convicted, Yost faces up to five years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $50,000.

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