PALMDALE – A Los Angeles County probation officer has been charged with insurance fraud and grand theft for allegedly altering a medical document to obtain “compensation that she would not otherwise be entitled to,” authorities announced.
Kimberly Evans, 46, of Palmdale, was arrested March 20 by the Los Angeles County Probation Department’s Special Projects Team, according to LASD inmate records.
Evans is a sworn peace officer with the Los Angeles County Probation Department and is assigned to a Juvenile Detention Facility as a detention services officer, according to a press release by the probation department.
“An investigation by the Special Projects Team revealed that Evans allegedly altered [a] medical documentation resulting in a loss of $1,707.20 during the time period she claimed as ‘sick time’ on her time card,” the press release states.
This is the latest arrest as the Los Angeles County Probation Department continues to beef up its Professional Standards Bureau to crack down on insurance fraud and employee misconduct.
“Within the last year the Department added a Special Projects Team comprised of four supervisory level investigators,” stated Jennifer Kaufman, Senior Director. “These investigators are specially trained to recognize the signs of workers’ compensation and/or medical fraud.”
Evans was charged with one felony count each of insurance fraud, grand theft and presentation of a false claim and one misdemeanor count of altering a medical record with a fraudulent intent, according to Greg Risling of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Arraignment is set for April 17, Risling added.
Evans was booked March 20 at the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s station, and then released hours later on $30,000 bail, according to LASD inmate records.