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School employee convicted of fraud
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A former campus monitor for the Stanislaus Union School District was found guilty of workers’ compensation insurance fraud, according to a news release from the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office.

John Heaton pleaded no contest to a felony charge of insurance fraud on Jan. 23, according to the district attorney's office. 

Heaton was employed as a campus monitor for the district and reported an on the job injury in November 2015. Heaton filed a workers’ compensation claim and as a result, received medical treatment and workers’ compensation benefits. During a subsequent investigation, it was alleged Heaton presented false statements and material misrepresentations during a meeting with the school district’s Return to Work Specialist. Heaton misrepresented facts as it related to his physical abilities and limitations associated with his injury.

Heaton was sentenced to 30 days jail, three years formal probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $8,341.66 for reimbursement of workers’ compensation benefits and investigation costs.

This case was a joint investigation by Probe Information Services, the California Department of Insurance, Fraud Division and the Amador County District Attorney’s Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit. The Fraud Unit investigates insurance fraud cases in Amador, Stanislaus and Calaveras Counties through a grant provided by the California Department of Insurance.