Nailed: A fraud prevention and compliance blog

Written by Elizabeth Smith,
L&I's Assistant Director for
Fraud Prevention and
Labor Standards

Feb. 22, 2013

Interpreter sentenced for defrauding state

A Seattle man will pay more than $5,000 in fines and restitution after pleading guilty to charges that he overbilled the state for Spanish-language interpretive services.

Appearing this week in King County Superior Court, Barak J. Ramon was sentenced to 15 days in jail converted to 120 hours of community service and a total of $5,144.20 in fines and restitution.

Ramon was under contract with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries to provide language interpretive services between injured workers and their doctors or other treatment providers. The contracted interpreters then bill the agency for services rendered, travel and other expenses.

L&I investigator Richard Lamonica and auditor Michael Pierce discovered that Ramon had used a variety of schemes to bilk the state including billing for hours he did not work; double-billing his mileage; and padding his bills. 


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