Former LAPD Officer Pleads No Contest in Workers' Comp Fraud Case


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A former Los Angeles Police Department officer pleaded no contest today to one count each of grand theft and insurance fraud for collecting workers' compensation insurance benefits before he resigned from the force in 2016.

Michael Simon, 40, of Redondo Beach was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service and pay back $2,340 to the workers' compensation fund and $40,323 to LAPD's catastrophic fund, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

A sentencing hearing was set for March 2021.

Simon engaged in activities inconsistent with his claimed injuries while he was off work on disability in 2015, prosecutors said. He had been an LAPD officer for 12 years before resigning.

Simon was accused of misrepresenting the nature of his injuries to his employer to collect additional financial assistance to which he was not entitled. Simon was arrested on Oct. 10 in connection with the charges and subsequently released on bond, jail records show.

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