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LAPD officer who faked doctors’ notes pleads no contest to workers’ comp fraud

June 30, 2011 | 12:28 pm

An 11-year Los Angeles police officer pleaded no contest Thursday to workers' compensation fraud and was placed on probation for two years after he faked and altered doctors' notes saying he was unable to work, prosecutors said.

Robert Yanez, 39, of Riverside also agreed to pay the city restitution for a disability claim for which he faked or altered doctors' notes. He pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count before Judge David Horwitz after prosecutors agreed to dismiss five other charges, said Deputy District Attorney Ellen Aragon. Yanez was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and pay $6,200 in restitution at the time of his sentence.

Yanez suffered a work-related injury in October 2008. Prosecutors said after being ordered to return to work by a physician the day after the injury, Yanez began seeing a series of doctors, moving from one to another after each sent him back to work. An investigation revealed that the defendant submitted forged or altered doctors' notes that allowed him to remain off work between April and July 2009, according to prosecutors.

Yanez was assigned to Wilshire Division at the time of his workers' compensation claim.

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