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A 30-year-old San Jose man has been charged with felony Workers’ Compensation Fraud after a District Attorney’s Office investigation showed that he was untruthful about a major back injury.

It is alleged that Ricardo Casillas filed a Workers’ Compensation claim for a 2010 back injury. Despite complaining that he was still in excruciating pain and could not lift anything heavy, surveillance video taken in 2012 showed otherwise. After leaving his doctor’s office, Casillas is later seen in a video doing manual labor on his car, including jumping on a wrench to tighten lug nuts. The video shows no evidence that Casillas was limited in his movements or in any pain.

Despite telling doctors that he was in constant excruciating pain and only able to lift a maximum of eight pounds, Casillas was videotaped doing manual automotive work and lifting tires. The tires weighed between 50 and 65 pounds each. He was recently arrested and is expected to be arraigned April 24.

Casillas faces a maximum of five years and four months if convicted of making false or fraudulent material statement to an insurance company and attempted perjury. He would also be ordered to pay full restitution.