Bus

Former transit operator pleads guilty to insurance fraud

Posted on April 2, 2013

After several continuances, former Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) Coach Operator George Bateman accepted the District Attorney’s plea offer and pleaded guilty to one felony count of insurance fraud. As part of that guilty plea, Bateman will be sentenced to 180 days in county jail and fined $5,000. He also must pay restitution, an amount to be determined when he is sentenced on May 30.

Last March, the Riverside County District Attorney’s office filed a criminal complaint against Bateman and issued an arrest warrant, charging him with one felony count of insurance fraud. He turned himself in two months later and was released after posting $25,000 bail.

RTA relieved Bateman of his driving duties in February of 2012 after he complained about shoulder, neck and back pain. He was ultimately provided temporary total disability (TTD) benefits, which is paid to employees when they are totally off work due to a work-related injury.

Investigators with the DA’s office began investigating the 46-year-old Corona man last May, after receiving allegations of possible insurance fraud.

During the investigation, which combined the efforts of both RTA and the DA’s office, Bateman was observed operating his own limousine service and videotaped driving, handling customer luggage, lifting bags of ice, tire rims and cases of water without any sign of restriction. Employees who are on TTD are required to report any outside income. Bateman did not report any income from his limousine business.

RTA carries workers’ compensation insurance coverage as required by law to protect employees who are injured on the job. Roughly 360 RTA employees are covered by the insurance, which provides for medical treatment and loss of earnings that result from work-related injuries.

RELATED ARTICLE: Check out, "Riverside Transit tests hydraulic hybrid system."

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

FTA confirmed to speak on new bus testing rule, more at BusCon 2016

A Transit Maintenance Forum pass is $98 and includes the forum as well as access to BusCon’s full educational program, the exhibit hall full of buses, networking event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and much more.

Forest River ranks Top 3 Spots in Ford's top volume accounts

Starcraft Bus, Elkhart Coach and Glaval Bus finished first, second and third, respectively.

Tripling of insurance premiums confronts bus drivers in labor dispute

The cost of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan coverage for The Rapid drivers is proposed to spike 49 percent Oct. 1, pushing up monthly premiums for family coverage by $669.

CapMetro plan would nearly triple high-frequency routes

The changes recommended in the Connections 2025 draft plan would be implemented in phases over the next 10 years.

French bus operator becomes first in Europe to accept Bitcoin

Isilines, a new long-distance passenger transport division of Transdev Group, has been using Bitcoin as a method of payment alongside traditional credit card payments on its website since early August.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close