Planned Protest Rally Blemishes Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi’s Upcoming Election Bid for Lt. Governor

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Handicapped injured workers sick and tired of fraud enforcement soap opera

The casual foot-dragging and lax enforcement attitude of Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi concerning fraudsters within the insurance corporate world is a disgrace according to victimized, injured workers and California activists for the handicapped.

“Cat and mouse tailgating antics on the highways of California by insurance industry goons put lives in jeopardy while our Insurance Commissioner drones on about premium savings in his report released yesterday,” cited Barb Clark, R.N., referring to an alleged April 19th car chase and Garamendi’s report of 5/31/2006 seeking a 16 percent reduction in workers’ compensation insurance premiums.

“We are long past being worried about protecting corrupt insurance company profits. These companies are now employing hired detectives to intimidate disabled injured workers, with highway car chases, who seek nothing more than enforcement of Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) judgments," said Larry Nign, an activist for injured workers.

According to new court documents filed in the on-going federal civil rights lawsuit in Sacramento (U.S. District Court, Case No.: NO. 2:05-CV-2410-FCD-KLM) the pair were caught up in a car chase with an insurance company detective on April 19th following Clark’s appearance in her on-going WCAB enforcement case in Bakersfield.

“John Garamendi’s insurance fraud unit is quick to bust small fry work comp dead beats, while investigative folders of corrupt attorneys, several feet thick, see no follow-up action and collect dust,” said Nign.

According to Nign injured workers, sick of the enforcement double standard, will rally June 20th at the Department of Insurance Fraud Unit in Sacramento to protest at the quarterly meeting of the Fraud Assessment Commission and demand enforcement of insurance codes against corporate abusers, like corrupt attorneys and adjustors.

“We are demanding an end to selective prosecution. We want to see corrupt attorneys and claims adjustors that violate California’s insurance codes to pay for the misery they have caused hundreds of innocent handicapped injured workers to protect the bottom line,” Nign said.

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