A former employee of a Huntington Beach firm was sentenced to six months in Orange County Jail Friday after he pleaded guilty to cashing in disability checks under false pretenses. According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, Angel Monzon, 53, of Santa Ana, will also have to pay $25,000 in restitution and be on probation for three years.
Authorities say that on April 19, 2010, Monzon was injured while working for Fermol Inc. in Huntington Beach. Having suffered injury to his right thigh and knee, he was granted temporary disability and received over $24,000 in benefits.
But Monzon resumed work as a granite installer on a new job while continuing to collect disability benefits. Authorities sat that when questioned, Monzon lied in a deposition about his activities and income. The California Department of Insurance investigated after receiving video surveillance footage of Monzon working on manual labor projects when supposedly disabled. It was determined that he had collected over $54,000 in wages while receiving and cashing disability checks.
He was arrested by Orange County Sheriff’s deputies on Aug. 20, 2014. He pleaded guilty on Feb. 18, 2015 to one felony count of insurance fraud and two felony counts of making fraudulent statements. He was sentenced at Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.
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