Feb. 22, 2013
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.