Bus

Second Riverside Transit driver arrested for worker's comp fraud

Posted on October 25, 2013

For the second time in six months, a Calif.-based Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) coach operator was arrested for making false claims about being injured on the job.

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint against Donald Evans in September, and a Superior Court judge issued an arrest warrant earlier this month, charging him with one felony count of false workers’ compensation claims following a traffic accident while on the job. Evans, who had worked for RTA for two years, was arrested and released after posting $25,000 bail.

The alleged injuries occurred in December 2012 when a car struck the bumper of Evans’ Route 16 bus while it was parked at a Riverside bus stop. RTA’s immediate assessment of the accident revealed minor scratches to the bumper but otherwise no damage.

Evans did not report any pain or discomfort the day of the accident. The next day, RTA halted Evans’ bus driving after he complained about injuries to his head, neck and back, as well as his left ankle and arm as a result of the accident. Because Evans claimed he was unable to work, RTA paid nearly $5,000 in medical payments and temporary disability costs, as well as legal fees. On Jan. 11, 2013 a physician cleared Evans to resume full-duty work.

During that time, an RTA review of on-board video footage confirmed minimal contact between the vehicle and the bus and no jolting at the time of the impact. None of the passengers aboard the bus complained of any pain. Although Evans claimed that he was standing at the time of the accident to assist a disabled passenger, video footage showed him sitting in his seat. A physician concluded that Evan’s alleged injuries were not consistent with the type of accident in which he was involved.

Investigators with the DA’s office began investigating the 59-year-old Moreno Valley man after receiving allegations of possible insurance fraud. During the investigation, RTA officials noted that Evans underwent a physical examination to renew his commercial driver’s license and falsely denied any prior workers’ compensation claims. If convicted, Evans faces up to four years in custody.

The incident follows one last spring when an RTA driver was arrested for workers’ compensation fraud. During that investigation, officials from the Riverside DA’s office concluded that the driver, who was receiving RTA disability benefits, was operating his own limousine service and videotaped driving; handling customer luggage; and lifting bags of ice, tire rims and cases of water.

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

More News

Albuquerque BRT project exploring full sponsorship

ABQ RIDE is looking to model its plan after the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s HealthLine, which is sponsored through a hospital partnership. Construction on the so-called ART system could begin in May 2016 with an in-service date of September 2017.

New luxury bus service launches in San Francisco

The service, which costs $6 a ride, asks riders to download the Leap app, creating an account, uploading a photo and adding a credit card that enables them to pay via a QR code.

4ONE wins multiple bus seating orders

Agencies ordering the company's products, which are now in at least half of all new U.S. and Canadian transit buses, include L.A. Metro, Chicago Transit Authority and New York City Transit.

New Flyer awarded big Las Vegas CNG bus contract

The contract includes a firm order for 35 XN40 and 20 XN60 Xcelsior buses, with an option for another 150 XN40 and 100 XN60 over the next five years. All buses are to be powered by CNG.

Pierce Transit taps Apollo for video surveillance

The decision comes after the agency conducted an analysis and product review period. Implementation of the project began in February and all work is expected to be completed by the end of April.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

Please sign in or register to .    Close