FAIRFIELD — A longtime counselor with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was ordered Thursday to stand trial on four felony charges relating to his alleged filing of fraudulent workers’ compensation and disability retirement claims.
Hosea Morgan, 49, of Vacaville, worked at San Quentin Prison. Starting in 2009, he told doctors of pain in several parts of his body that kept him from walking, sitting and sleeping. Morgan told doctors that 24 years of altercations and fights with inmates had left him disabled and over the next two years Morgan received more than $50,000 for his workers’ compensation and medical claims, according to testimony at his probable cause hearing.
Also starting in 2009, several state investigators began scrutinizing Morgan.
Over the span of many months, they compiled video surveillance footage of Morgan playing basketball, moving appliances, working out at his local health club and coaching basketball at a nearby school. Morgan was also recorded performing boisterously in the play “Misery Loves Company” at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts.
Morgan was arrested in May 2012. He posted $25,000 bail after a few days behind bars.
Judge Peter B. Foor watched the video and heard from the investigators before ordering Morgan to return to court March 14, when he is set to be arraigned on charges that include insurance fraud, grand theft and filing false claims.
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