Two veteran Los Angeles police officers were arrested Wednesday for allegedly lying during testimony and falsifying medical documents to obtain workers’ compensation benefits they were not entitled to, the police chief said.
Officer Jonathan Hall, 45, was booked on one felony count each of workers’ compensation fraud, insurance fraud, grand theft and attempted perjury, the department said. He is accused of providing false testimony under oath during a deposition related to an industrial injury claim filed in late 2012, officials said.
A 19-year veteran of the LAPD, Hall was last assigned to Emergency Services Division and is assigned home pending the outcome of criminal and administrative investigations.
Officer Ralph Mendoza, 44, was booked on two felony counts of workers’ compensation fraud and grand theft. The 13-year veteran of the force was last assigned to the Hollenbeck Patrol Division and has been relieved of his duties pending an investigation.
Mendoza is accused of falsifying medical documents related to an industrial injury claim he filed in late 2012.
“Public trust is at the very core of the police profession, and when that trust is violated we must employ every measure to restore it,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said in a statement.
“I am troubled whenever our officers are accused of violating that trust. As the Chief, it is my duty to ensure that we fully investigate these cases of alleged misconduct and to take appropriate action when the misconduct is found to be true.”
Hall’s bail has been set at $80,000. Mendoza’s bail was set at $40,000.
Details about how much fraudulent workers’ compensation the officers allegedly obtained was not revealed. Both law enforcement agents were charged with grand theft, which the California penal code denotes as an amount exceeding $950.