The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that a Los Angeles Police Department officer has been charged with workers’ compensation fraud.
Mario Jacinto (dob 8/6/78) of Diamond Bar faces four counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud and one count of attempted perjury under oath, all felonies, in case BA477808. Jacinto, described as an “Officer III,” is a 16-year veteran of the force and is assigned to Newton Area, Los Angeles Police Department officials said.
The case was filed for arrest warrant on May 15 and the defendant was arrested. Jacinto was released after posting $50,000 bail.
Jacinto is accused of misrepresenting the extent of his job-related injuries for which he was receiving disability benefits.From October 2018 through January,he allegedly engaged in activities that were inconsistent with his work-related claims, said Deputy District Attorney Arunas Sodonis of the Healthcare Fraud Division.
While under oath during a deposition, Jacinto claimed he had not participate in martial arts classes after being injured, but according to the complaint, those claims were false.
A complaint against officer Mario Jacinto, 40, said he “falsely claimed he had not participated in martial arts classes since the date of his injury,” said Paul Eakins, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, in an email to McClatchy.
Jacinto faces a possible maximum sentenceof eight years and eight months in state prison if convicted as charged. The prosecutor is requesting that bail be set at $40,000.The case remains under investigation by the LAPD, Special Operations Division.