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Veteran LAPD officer accused of workers' compensation fraud

September 30, 2010 |  3:01 pm

An 11-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department was arrested Thursday on suspicion of a half-dozen counts of workers' compensation fraud stemming from a 2008 disability claim, authorities said.

Robert Yanez, a 38-year-old resident of Riverside County, was arrested without incident at Los Angeles police headquarters downtown after an arrest warrant was issued that listed six counts of alleged fraud. 

LAPD officials declined to discuss the specific allegations against Yanez but said internal affairs investigators, working in conjunction with the Los Angeles County district attorney’s Healthcare Fraud Division, found "probable cause to believe that Officer Yanez had received benefits to which he was not entitled."

Yanez, who was not immediately available for comment, was booked at the downtown Men's Central Jail and held in lieu of $30,000 bail.

He has been assigned to his home without pay until the criminal and administrative probes are concluded. He is not being represented by the police officers' union, officials said.

--Andrew Blankstein