- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities have arrested nine Southern Californians they say charged insurers more than $24 million to provide phony or unnecessary Spanish interpretations for injured workers.

The arrests were made Thursday in what authorities say was a four-year workers compensation fraud.

They claim a company called G&G; Interpreting Services billed for translation services at Southern California clinics where physicians and other staff spoke fluent Spanish.

The company allegedly billed for some 83,000 interpreting services - at times for more hours than the clinic actually was open. Some billings allegedly involved an interpreter who was in state prison at the time.

The billing involved more than 230 workers’ compensation insurers and self-insured employers.

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