San Rafael, CA – Douglas Satre of Santa Rosa recently pleaded guilty to insurance fraud and paid more than $14,000 in restitution and additional fines to the California Department of Insurance. Satre was sentenced to a year of probation, 30 days in jail, required to perform 40 hours of community service and complete a theft awareness class.
“Fraud of any kind will not be tolerated. This plea serves as a warning to all that insurance fraud is a crime and punishable in a court of law,” said Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. “Insurance fraud impacts consumers and businesses through higher costs, potentially harming our state’s economic recovery from the pandemic. We will continue to work with our district attorney and industry partners to protect consumers and combat insurance fraud.”
Satre allegedly slipped and fell in a bathroom while working for a telecom company in San Rafael. He then filed a workers’ compensation insurance claim and began receiving temporary total disability payments as well as treatment through multiple medical professionals across Napa and Marin Counties.
Marin County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Satre after a Department of Insurance investigation revealed that Satre was collecting disability payments while also working for a new company despite telling medical professionals he was unable to work due to the severity of his injuries, even using a cane at his appointments.
“We were happy to see Mr. Satre take responsibility at an early stage of these proceedings and work diligently to repay the victim,” said Marin County Deputy District Attorney Sean Kensinger. “Unfortunately, when an employee commits workers’ compensation fraud, the impact of that fraud ripples beyond just their employer and can result in increased premium costs for employers throughout the state. For this reason, the identification, investigation and prosecution of workers’ compensation fraud remains a priority for the Marin County District Attorney’s Office.”
In total, Satre collected disability payments and a paycheck from his new employer for more than six months.