Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
September 20th, 2004
Contact: Elizabeth Henderson
Assistant District Attorney- Economic Crimes
(714) 347-8700

Mark Macaulay
Spokesperson – OCDA
(714) 347-8405 (O)
(714) 323-4486 (C)

SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s office will host two seminars on September 21, 2004 and September 28, 2004 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at 401 Civic Center Drive, Santa Ana that will help employers and insurance companies to identify and fight workers’ compensation fraud.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas will discuss how employers and insurers can assist in the district attorney’s office fight against workers’ compensation fraud as well as to update them on developments in the types of fraud prevalent in the county.  The featured speaker on 9/21/04 will be William Zachry, Chairman of the California Fraud Assessment Commission.  Mr. Zachry is the Vice President of Corporate Workers’ Compensation for Safeway Stores, Inc. and has been an important part of the recent California Workers’ Compensation reform legislation. He will address a group of county business people about the impact of the recent workers’ compensation reform legislation on business. On 9/28/04, the focus will be on local insurance companies and will address their interest in Orange County efforts to fight workers’ compensation fraud.

“This criminal activity costs California businesses millions of dollars each year and we must act now to curb this illegal conduct,” stated District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.  “This fraud hurts competition and economic growth and there is plenty that employers can do to assist investigative agencies who fight fraud.”

There will also be speakers from the Orange County District Attorney’s office, the California Department of Insurance-Fraud Division and Southern California Private Investigators, Inc. to discuss other aspects of workers’ compensation fraud, including the fraud reporting process and the perspective of private investigators involved in the area.

This event is by invitation only. Interested members of the public may contact the district attorney’s office at (714) 347-8870 to inquire as to seating availability.