Mother, daughter charged in Thurston County for alleged fraudulent billing

OlympianMarch 19, 2014 

Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries has filed charges against a mother and daughter, alleging they over-billed the state for interpreting services by thousands of dollars, according to a press release from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.

Gloria Mendoza Garcia, 46, and her daughter, Gloria Del Rocio Gonzalez, 31, were charged with one count each of 1st degree theft, in Thurston County Superior Court.

According to the release:

The women lived in the Mount Vernon area and ran separate businesses interpreting for Spanish-speaking injured workers at medical appointments. L&I pays for interpretation services, and reimburses for mileage as part of worker injury claims.

According to charging papers, Mendoza Garcia claimed in her mileage bills that her trips began at a Seattle sports clinic where she claimed she had appointments. Clinic staff told investigators they didn't recognize her. She often billed L&I for more than 500 miles, and sometimes more than 800 miles in the same day.

In her mileage bills, Del Rocio Gonzalez claimed to start her trips from Marysville, more than 30 miles away from her home.

According to charging papers, Mendoza Garcia fraudulently received more than $28,000, and her daughter fraudulently received more than $16,000.

The cases are set for trial on June 9.


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