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California Welder Arraigned on Felony Workers’ Comp Fraud Charges

Ahmad Zaki Noori, 41, of Sacramento, Calif., was arraigned on two felony counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud after allegedly misrepresenting symptoms following a work-related injury in order to receive $21,000 in undeserved benefits. On July 16, 2019, Noori, while …

Colorado Woman with Dementia Arrested Over Petty Theft Sues

A 73-year-old woman with dementia is suing a Colorado city and members of its police department after she suffered a dislocated shoulder and bruises last year while being arrested after leaving a store without paying for about $14 worth of …

Possible Water Crisis for Ag Operations on Oregon-California Border

Hundreds of farmers who rely on a massive irrigation project that spans the Oregon-California border learned Wednesday they will get a tiny fraction of the water they need amid the worst drought in decades, as federal regulators attempt to balance …

Wright National, Zurich Expand Flood Coverage into California

Wright National Flood Insurance Services LLC and Zurich Insurance are now offering Zurich’s Residential Private Flood Insurance in California. The stand-alone product has previously been launched in Florida, New Jersey, South Carolina and Virginia, with anticipated plans to expand to …

California Siblings Arraigned in $1.4M Workers’ Comp Scheme

California farm labor company owners and siblings Elias Perez, 40, of Greenfield, and Alejandra Perez, 37, of Soledad, were arraigned on over 20 felony counts of insurance and tax fraud after allegedly underreporting payroll by over $17 million resulting in …

Institute Analyzes Impact of California Medical Provider Network Option for Workers

Legislation intended to increase injured California workers’ access to medical care by requiring the state to create a medical provider network as an alternative to private networks that render 90% of California workers’ compensation treatment would significantly increase medical costs …

California Legislature Votes Down Fracking Ban

California lawmakers rejected a bill that would have banned fracking in the state, succumbing to pressure from the powerful oil and gas industry and their labor union allies who warned the bill would have cost good-paying jobs. The bill was …

California Toughens PG&E Wildfire Safety Oversight

California officials on Thursday voted to toughen oversight of Pacific Gas & Electric, saying the utility had largely failed to perform required tree-trimming work near power lines in areas with the highest risk of wildfires. The unanimous vote by the …

California Targets Urgent Projects as Wildfire Season Looms

California is in such an urgent race with another devastating wildfire season that officials began soliciting local project ideas even before they had money to pay for them. It faces such a threat of drought that the governor said Tuesday …

People Moves: Sierra Specialty Adds Dith in California; McHugh Joins Lockton in Seattle; Mathis to CWCI

Sierra Specialty Sierra Specialty, program specialist, managing general agency and wholesale insurance brokerage, has appointed Vicky Dith as a broker and underwriter specializing in construction insurance. Dith is located in Clovis, Calif. Dith will be working with Sierra Specialty’s commercial …

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