The owner of two California farm labor companies was sentenced July 12 to 90 days in jail and 24 months of felony probation for workers’ comp fraud.
Robert Delara previously pleaded guilty on March 29 to multiple counts of felony workers’ compensation fraud and admitted a special allegation that the theft totaled more than $100,000, according to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.
Delara owned two farm labor companies that provided harvesting and labor services to agricultural producers in the Ventura County area.
Discouraged injured workers from getting care
As part of his plea, Delara admitted he’d discouraged injured employees from obtaining medical care and admitted to lying to his workers’ compensation insurance carriers about those injuries to maintain lower insurance premiums.
The district attorney’s workers’ compensation fraud unit seized more than $1 million in Delara’s bank accounts and assets in connection with the fraud, which will be liquidated to pay victim restitution and fines.
Delara is scheduled for a restitution hearing Oct. 5, 2022.