A former state prison worker has pleaded no contest to workers’ compensation insurance fraud after authorities said he went on rugged hikes, including one trek of 50 miles.
Ex-California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation correctional officer Alan Lemke filed a workers’ compensation claim alleging he injured his foot while working at the Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown.
However, investigators with the Office of Internal Affairs, Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit, in the department found that Lemke failed to disclose that he went on a 50-mile hike over tough terrain only three weeks after he reported being hurt.
A news release from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office noted that investigators found Lemke also failed to disclose rock climbing, snowshoeing, acting in plays and other extreme hikes in the 14 months he was off work collecting benefits.
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Lemke made videos and took photographs of his hikes and other activities, found by investigators with a warrant used to search his home.
Lemke will be placed on probation and ordered to serve 150 days in jail with the sheriff’s work furlough program recommended. He will also be ordered to make a restitution payment, according to a news release.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 17.