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Jail time for King County man who faked work injuries to get drugs

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May 7, 2013

Tumwater – Jose Ramon Amaya-Hernandez thought he found the perfect way to get prescription narcotics — go to a hospital claiming to be in pain due to a work related injury. However, an investigation by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) uncovered the scam.

Amaya-Hernandez recently pleaded guilty to three counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and was sentenced to 45 days in jail on each count to run concurrently. He must also pay fines as well as a yet to be determined amount of restitution to the hospitals he defrauded.

The investigation found that Amaya-Hernandez filed a total of 53 claims for injuries over a three year period. The claims were filed at a dozen different Seattle area hospitals and were subsequently denied by L&I because there were no records showing that the man ever worked for any of the employers he listed on the claims. However, the hospitals provided him with narcotic pain medications for the treatment of his claimed injuries.

Although Amaya-Hernandez was using several aliases, L&I investigators became suspicious and used a cross match through the Department of Licensing to determine his actual identity and build their case.

L&I's Fraud Prevention and Labor Standards program assessed $24.6 million in unpaid employer premiums plus penalties in fiscal year 2012. The program brings in nearly $9.30 for every dollar spent to fight fraud. More information is available at www.Lni.wa.gov/Main/Fraud.

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Broadcast version: A King County man pleaded guilty to three counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and was sentenced to 45 days in jail on each count to run concurrently. Prosecutors say Jose Ramon Amaya-Hernandez filed over 50 work injury claims at a dozen different Seattle area hospitals in order to get narcotic pain medication.  In addition to fines and the jail term, the man must reimburse the hospitals for the drugs he received.

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