May 11, 2018. Command Investigations, Packard Claims Administration and Lion Insurance Company announce the arrest of Joeluis Puertas for misrepresentation.
Puertas was arrested on April 10, 2018 in Dade County, Florida and charged with the following:
- Florida Statute 440.105(4)(B) – Workers’ Compensation
He was later released after posting $1,000 bond.
Command initiated an investigation into Puertas after he suffered an alleged lower back injury while working as a courier.
During the claim investigation, Puertas provided a sworn statement stating he had not received any prior medical treatment for his low back injury.
Further, he stated that he injured his right foot in a car accident a few months prior.
However, in a separate sworn statement, Puertas’ employer explained that Puertas had just returned to work after being out for approximately two months from an unrelated back injury.
Based upon the non-disclosure of a pre-existing injury, Command’s SIU Department was statutorily required to refer this claim for material misrepresentation.
All parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.