Chico Workers’ Comp Lawyer: California Senator Tied to Insurance Fraud
Posted on Nov 30, 2013
State Senator Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello), who chairs the Senate Insurance Committee, was implicated in an alleged workers’ compensation scheme in Southern California, sources say.
The FBI investigation states that Calderon took bribes through his family members from hospital executive Michael Drobot in exchange for protecting the executive’s interests.
Drobot ran a Long Beach spinal surgery clinic. He is currently being sued by the California State Compensation Insurance Fund for racketeering, up coding, and a number of other allegations that do not appear to involve Calderon.
According to the lawsuit: “Defendants in this case conspired and participated in a scheme to defraud State Fund in connection with the submission and collection of fraudulent insurance bills for medical services, spinal implant hardware, medications, and other services… under State Fund-issued policies of workers’ compensation insurance.”
Calderon allegedly channeled Drobot’s bribes through members of the state senator’s family. Calderon’s son, Zachary, a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, took a $28,000 payment while working for the summer at Drobot’s hospital; however, most of the money went directly into his father’s bank account.
Former Assemblyman Thomas Calderon, the state senator’s brother, was paid a one-time payment of $1 million, plus a “monthly consulting fee” of at least $10,000.
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