Did you know that insurance fraud is illegal in 48 states? How about the fact that there are several different types of fraud that can impact your life every day? We’ve created this visual chart to walk you through fraud and what you need to know about fraud in California.
In February, a pilot was convicted of inappropriately groping a 14-year-old that was travelling alone, according to Huffington Post.
After a three-day trial, Pilot Michael Pascal was found guilty of two counts of sexual abuse. He was charged in a U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, where he resides.
On a flight to Detroit to Salt Lake City, Pascal was a passenger that sat next to a 14-year-old girl. When the young girl woke up from a nap, Pascal’s hand was groping her buttocks.
The girl immediately elbowed Pascal and asked him what he was doing. The arm rest that she put between them earlier was pulled up when she awoke.
According to the documents, he became flustered when she called him out, saying that he was asleep. He also stated that put the arm rest up because he was crammed in the middle seat.
While Pascal went to the restroom, the young girl told a flight attendant and switched seats.
In June, a chemical dependency counselor was charged by the LA district attorney after hitting a man and driving over 2 miles with the body embedded in the windshield, according to LA Times.
She was charged with driving under the influence, murder, and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 52, was a former substance abuser. According to KTLA, when she applied for her job at Twin Town Treatment Center in 2011, she was drug tested and seemed to not have any relapse problems.
That was, of course, until she left the treatment center intoxicated in November 2012, and accidentally hit Philip Moreno. Moreno passed away in the hospital later that night.
There were over 800 alcohol-involved fatal accidents in California in 2012, according to the Office of Traffic Safety. Unfortunately, Moreno was one of them.
A Seattle surgeon was suspended in June after he was charged for sexual misconduct in the work place. This misconduct included sexting, using medical records for sexual gratification, and inappropriate relations with a patient.
An article by Guardian Liberty Voice has all of the details on the surgeon’s convictions. Arthur Zilberstein, 47, has been accused of sexting during c-sections, epidurals administration, an appendectomy, and more.
Zilberstein would send up to 45 inappropriate messages at the hospital per day. If he worked an 8-hour shift, that means he sent almost six explicit messages per hour. This was very common in the anesthesiologist’s daily routine at the hospital between April and August 2013. He was accused of taking explicit photos in his scrubs and work badge.
Three San Jose State University students have been charged with hate crimes for harassing their former roommate, a black student at the university. The students allegedly posted a Confederate flag in their room, used racial slurs, and placed a bicycle lock around his neck. In addition to the criminal charges pressed against the students, all three have been suspended from the school. The three men were charged with battery and misdemeanor hate crimes.
This interview, as part of the court’s efforts to determine whether or not Holmes was legally insane at the time of the mass shooting, will use a “truth serum,” such as sodium pentothal. (An article in Slate defines a “narcoanalytic interview” as an interview between a psychiatrist and a patient–in this case, Holmes–during which the patient is given a drug such as sodium amobarbital. The patient is then questioned about the event by the psychiatrist after showing one or more symptoms of the drug’s effects.)
In California, it is OK to check “no” on employment applications when it asks about prior convictions if the conviction took place when the applicant was a juvenile. For example, a 17-year-old who was recently applying for a job in Oakland at a smoothie shop could have checked no when asked about convictions as his weapons charge was from when he was 14 years old.