Former PUC Engineer Charged with Insurance Fraud

February 8, 2011

Erica Terry Derryck, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167
ADA Seth Steward, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Louis Felix Dobert, age 68, (CTN 2457683), of Martinez, CA, was charged with insurance fraud.

“Workers’ compensation insurance is a safeguard for employees injured on the job,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “It’s not a slush fund for illegitimate use. Stealing from this pot endangers families who rely on these funds to cover the lost wages of injured breadwinners.”

Dobert is charged with eight felonies, including one count of grand theft, two counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud, one count of insurance fraud, and four counts of attempted perjury.

The defendant was arrested on December 22, 2010 and taken into custody in Contra Costa County. The defendant posted bail in the amount of $60,000 and was ordered to appear on February 7, 2011 in Department 10 of San Francisco Superior Court for arraignment before the Honorable Suzanne Bolanos. During the appearance the defendant did not enter a plea, and the arraignment was put over until April 6, 2011 at the request of the defendant’s counsel.

According to court documents in April 2004, Dobert worked as a stationary engineer for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission when he fell on the job and suffered injuries to his back, hip, and posterior area that resulted in the payment of workers’ compensation benefits. The complaint further alleged that as a result of his injuries, Dobert claimed to be 100 percent disabled, having problems walking, bending, kneeling, and lifting 10 pounds or more, despite Dobert being observed on video performing the aforementioned actions without any difficulty.

If convicted of all charges, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of over five years in the state prison.

The arrest of Louis Felix Dobert is the result of an investigation by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigations. Assistant District Attorney Archie Wong is prosecuting the case.