A veteran California Highway Patrol officer and his wife, a CHP dispatcher, were arrested late last week, accused of workers’ compensation insurance fraud.
The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office announced that Officer Daniel Cory Clapp, stationed in Lassen County, and his wife, Jolea Marie Clapp, face five felony counts.
Daniel Clapp, a CHP officer for 11 years, filed his worker’s compensation claim based on injuries he claimed to have sustained during a scuffle while making an arrest on Dec. 27, 2011. He and his wife told the workers’ compensation doctor that he was unable to drive or lift heavy items and that the pain prevented him from performing his duties as a CHP officer, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.
The Workers’ Compensation Fraud Investigation Unit of the CHP’s Internal Affairs Section conducted surveillance on Daniel Clapp and saw him camping, boating, swimming and diving, officials said. He also was reportedly observed driving for long periods of time, and cutting and carrying firewood logs 24 inches in diameter.
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Jolea Clapp often accompanied her husband on these outings, driving for him when in the local CHP jurisdiction, then turning the driving over to him outside the jurisdiction, officials said.
She is accused of corroborating her husband’s accounts during medical visits of disabling pain and his inability to perform physical activities that she had seen him perform.
Both defendants are accused of conspiracy to make false statements in support of a workers’ compensation claim and making false statements about the extent of Daniel Clapp’s physical activities and abilities in order to get benefits. Daniel Clapp also is accused of perjury for false statements in a deposition.
Authorities said the amount of the alleged fraud exceeds $50,000, and that the charges carry a potential sentence of up to five years in state prison and a $150,000. The Clapps are to appear in Sacramento Superior Court on Feb. 26.
The case is being prosecuted by the district attorney’s Insurance Fraud Unit.