It was the perfect plan—or so it seemed.
A Washington state man went to a dozen Seattle-area hospitals and said he was in pain due to a work-related injury. The hospitals gave him prescription narcotics for the treatment of his alleged injury.
However, his efforts to game the system came to a crashing halt when the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries uncovered the scam.
Jose Ramon Amaya-Hernandez recently pleaded guilty to three counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. A judge sentenced Amaya-Hernandez to 45 days in jail.
Amaya-Hernandez also must pay fines as well as a yet-to-be-determined amount of restitution to the hospitals he defrauded, according to the state.
The state's investigation found that Amaya-Hernandez filed a total of 53 claims for injuries over a three-year period.
Although the hospitals gave him narcotic pain medications, the state denied his claims because there were no records showing that he ever worked for any of the employers that he listed on the claims.
Amaya-Hernandez used several aliases to throw authorities off his trail. However, state investigators became suspicious and used a cross match through the state's Department of Licensing to determine his actual identity and build their case.