SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow for assault and insurance fraud after attacking a co-worker and falsely reporting being hit by a forklift. Randal Brown McKay, 65, Lake Forest, is charged with one felony count of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury with a sentencing enhancement for great bodily injury, three felony counts of insurance fraud, and one felony count of perjury under oath. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 11 years in state prison. McKay is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, March 1, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55 Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
On June 6, 2014, McKay is accused of reporting to one of his managers that the victim, John Doe, tried to hit the defendant with a forklift. While management was investigating the claim, the defendant is accused of attacking Doe and striking the victim over the head with a closed fist in front of several witnesses. The victim was taken to a medical clinic where he received eight stitches and suffered from a mild concussion and blurred vision as a result of the assault. The defendant is accused of returning home to change clothes. Later the same day, McKay is accused of going to the Irvine Police Department (IPD) and reporting that he had been deliberately hit by John Doe with a forklift. IPD investigated the case and determined that the victim did not hit the defendant with a forklift.
On June 11, 2014, McKay is accused of filing a claim with CompWest Insurance Company alleging work related injuries for being struck by a forklift. On July 14, 2015, McKay is accused of committing perjury by testifying under oath during the Worker's Compensation Appeals Board trial that he was struck by a forklift and was injured. An Administrative Law Judge determined that the defendant was not struck by a forklift and did not sustain any injuries. CompWest Insurance Company reported the fraud to the Orange County District Attorney's Office Insurance Fraud Unit, who investigated this case.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Pamela Leitao of the Insurance Fraud Unit is prosecuting this case.
Orange County District Attorney / Case # 16CF2752 / February 28, 2017
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