A 65-year-old Lake Forest man is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning for assault and insurance fraud after attacking a co-worker and falsely reporting being hit by a forklift, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.
Randal Brown McKay is charged with felony assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury with a sentencing enhancement for great bodily injury, three felony counts of insurance fraud and felony perjury, with a conviction possibly leading to an 11-year stay in state prison.
McKay on June 6, 2014, told a manager that a co-worker hit him with a forklift and, while the claim was being investigated, punched the forklift driver in the head as several witnesses watched, the OCDA alleges.
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The victim of the attack received eight stitches at a medical clinic and suffered from a mild concussion and blurred vision, the OCDA claims.
McKay returned home, changed clothes, went to the Irvine Police Department and reported that he had been deliberately hit with a forklift by the driver McKay had roughed up, say prosecutors, who add police investigated and determined that the driver did not hit McKay with a forklift or anything else.
On June 11, 2014, McKay filed a claim with CompWest Insurance Co. alleging work related injuries for being struck by a forklift, and on July 14, 2015, he repeated the lie while under oath during a Worker's Compensation Appeals Board trial, the OCDA says.
An administrative law judge determined McKay was not struck by a forklift and did not sustain any injuries, states the OCDA, which notes its own fraud investigation began after prosecutors were contacted by CompWest Insurance Company.