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    Post: NC Times Former Employees Accuse Insurance Fraud

    Posted by Sharon on 8/26/10

    POWAY: Former employee accuses Poway auto dealership of
    insurance fraud Timothy Hack asks DA's office to
    investigate alleged cover-up related to his mold-related

    A former Toyota of Poway employee has asked the district
    attorney's office to investigate his claim that the
    dealership and its workers compensation insurer committed
    insurance fraud when they allegedly denied that mold at the
    business made him sick.
    The Toyota dealership is the same one preparing to move
    from the north side of Poway Road to the south side as part
    of a relocation deal that will cost the city's
    redevelopment agency $3 million up front....

    ...He and three other former Toyota of Poway employees with
    similar claims spent about an hour Wednesday telling their
    stories to investigators with the DA office's insurance
    fraud division. Hack said he is acting as "the public
    voice" for the group, which left the investigators with
    copies of inspection reports, photos and other materials
    that allegedly back up their claims.

    ...After mold was discovered earlier this year in the
    building he worked in, Hack said, he showed photos of the
    problem to his doctor, who diagnosed Hack as suffering from
    mold exposure.

    ...The dealership then tried to get him to apply for
    compensation under a federal Family Medical Leave Act
    program and fired him when he refused to do so on
    principle, said Hack, who is now getting state disability

    "They're shirking their responsibilities at taxpayers'
    expense," Hack said. "The state shouldn't pay when it's
    clearly a workers comp issue."

    ...City officials have said they knew about the mold but
    also believe it has been eliminated.

    ...Steve Walker, a spokesman in the DA's office said its
    investigators would review the materials Hack and the other
    former employees dropped off before deciding whether to
    look into the matter further.

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