Lassen CHP officer, wife arrested on charges of fraud
An 11-year veteran California Highway Patrol officer stationed in Lassen County and his wife were arrested on five felony counts of worker's compensation insurance fraud, according to a press release from the office of Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully.
Daniel and Jolea Clapp, a dispatcher at the Susanville office, were arrested Friday, Jan. 31. according to the press release. The amount of alleged fraud is in excess of $50,000. Both defendants are accused of conspiracy to make false statements in support of a workers' compensation claim and making false statements about the true extent of Daniel Clapp's injuries he allegedly received during a scuffle while making an arrest on Dec. 27, 2011. Daniel Clapp is additionally accused of perjury for false statements in a deposition,
According to the press release, Daniel and Jolea Clapp stated to the workers’ compensation doctor that Daniel was unable to drive, lift heavy items, and that pain prevented him from performing his duties as a CHP officer.
The CHP's Internal Affairs Section, Workers' Compensation Fraud Investigation Unit, conducted surveillance on numerous occasions and saw Daniel Clapp allegedly camp, boat, swim and dive. In addition, he was observed driving for long periods of time and cutting and carrying firewood rounds 18 inches thick and 24 inches in diameter. Jolea Clapp often accompanied Daniel Clapp on these pleasure outings and and would allegedly drive for him while in the local CHP jurisdiction and then change driver positions outside of the jurisdiction.
The press release alleged that during medical visits in which Daniel Clapp complained of pain, Jolea Clapp forcefully corroborated her husband's accounts of disabling pain and his inability to perform physical activities that she observed seeing him perform.
The defendants are expected to appear in Sacramento Superior Court early this month. If convicted, they could face up to five years in prison. The case is being proseucted by the District Attorney's Fraud Unit.