The state of California is home to many professional athletes, referees and their various support staff. When fraudulent workers' compensation claims are filed against a professional sports league, a person may face serious financial and professional consequences. Major League Soccer referee Carlos Rivero was recently suspended from the Professional Referees Organization after officials charged the young man with filing potentially fraudulent workers' compensation claims.
Reports indicate that Carlos Rivero was arrested and released, though he faces two felony charges related to the potentially fraudulent compensation claims. Authorities believe he may have collected close to $14,000 during the time in question while still employed. Although the professional referee claimed to have been injured, he continued to work with Major League Soccer as assigned.