LA County teacher charged with workers’ comp fraud, child abuse
A teacher with the Los Angeles County Office of Education was arrested Tuesday on felony counts of insurance fraud and child abuse.
Eric Johnson, 61, of Valencia, was arrested by Department of Insurance detectives at his job in Lancaster, according to state insurance regulators.
Johnson had filed a workers’ compensation claim after an alleged fight with a 17-year-old at the Camp Mendenhall juvenile facility, authorities said.
The teacher claimed the student initiated the altercation by striking him in the jaw and lip, but video footage showed Johnson instigated the physical altercation and assaulted the minor, officials said.
Victim and witness statements corroborated the video evidence, authorities said.
Johnson did not suffer any physical injuries, the Department of Insurance said.
The Office of Education paid about $1,000 resulting from Johnson’s allegedly fraudulent claim, the department said, adding that early discovery of Johnson’s claim likely prevented larger losses.