LEGAL CONNECTION NEWSLETTER

April 2021 - Issue 32
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Immigration Bills Pass in US House of Representatives

The US House of Representatives passed two expansive immigration bills yesterday, one benefitting "Dreamers" and TPS holder and one benefitting agricultural workers.  The American Dream and Promise Act was passed with a vote of 228 to 197 and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act passed by a vote of 247 to 174.  The fate of both bills now rests in the US Senate, where passage is unclear.  Millions of undocumented immigrants could benefit if these bills become law, allowing them to work and live in the United States without the fear of deportation and to eventually seek US citizenship.

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Overlooked Sources of Distracted Driving

Most drivers are at least aware of the main causes of distracted driving.  Most drivers are also at least aware that distracted driving is bad and dangerous, though the knowledge may not prevent some drivers from making a phone call or texting while driving.  But even the most responsible drivers may not consider some potential distractions as potentially harmful.  These lesser known but still common driving distractions can cause accidents, so it is best to at least be aware of these distractions as a risk.

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Baldwin Park Woman Faces Fraud Charge for Exaggerating COVID-19 Symptoms

The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has previously blogged about the dangers of faking work injuries.  A recent local news story is confirming just how problematic exaggerating a condition can be when one is receiving workers' compensation benefits.  A family services facilitator and coordinator for Head Start at Baldwin Park Unified School District faces two felony charges of insurance fraud and a felony charge of grand theft after allegedly exaggerating COVID-19 symptoms after being infected with the coronavirus at work.  The employee, Stephanie Medrano, 33, of West Covina, has pleaded not guilty.

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LA County Superior Court Reinstates Sentencing Enhancements

Upon his election last fall, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón made rapid and sweeping changes to how criminal justice matters would be handled in the county.  Among one of his many changes was the complete elimination of sentencing enhancements, which can be used to dramatically extend prison sentences for repeat offenders and gang members.  In February, a Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction against the order, allowing prosecutors to seek sentencing enhancements while the litigation is addressed.  Gascón indicated he would appeal the ruling.

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San Gabriel Valley Master Key Episodes
March

The San Gabriel Valley Master Key Podcast, with co-host attorney Scott Warmuth, features conversations with the people and business that make the San Gabriel Valley great. New episodes available every Tuesday on SpotifyGoogle PodcastsApple PodcastsiHeartRADIO, and YouTube!

December episodes now available:

Visit the San Gabriel Master Key Podcast website for more details.

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Making a false or fraudulent workers’ compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.