LOS ANGELES – A former Los Angeles police detective charged in connection with a workers’ compensation fraud investigation today pleaded no contest and resigned from the police department.
Deputy District Attorney Mario Coto-Lopez said John Xavier Vach Jr., 38, pleaded to two misdemeanor counts of insurance fraud. Vach is due back for sentencing on Nov. 7.
The charges stem from an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit in cooperation with the District Attorney’s Healthcare Fraud Division.
Vach, a 15-year veteran of the LAPD, operated two private businesses while out on a disability claim for job-related stress. The defendant purportedly also sought a lifetime disability pension. The alleged offenses occurred between February and November 2008.
Under the terms of the negotiated settlement, the defendant was made to resign today from the police department. Additionally, Vach must pay $105,000 in restitution and will be placed on summary probation for three years.