Joanne Trealoff, owner of Riverside, Calif.-based toy hauler and travel trailer builder Eclipse Recreational Vehicle Inc., was arraigned Wednesday (March 29) on 52 felonies related to workers’ compensation insurance fraud that resulted in a loss of more than $540,000 to two insurance companies, according to records from the Riverside District Attorney’s Office.
Trealoff, an acting member on the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) board, is charged with providing a false statement to reduce workers’ compensation rates and failure to disclose facts regarding insurance benefits. She appeared in Riverside Superior Court on March 29 and entered not guilty pleas to all 52 counts. She now has a felony settlement conference scheduled for June 7 at 8:30 a.m.
Her co-defendants, 45-year-old Syliva Leon of Duarte and 63-year-old David Armando Torres of Yucaipa, have warrants pending for their arrest and are facing similar charges.
According to a report by the Press Enterprise, prosecutors allege that between 2012 and 2016 Trealoff conspired with Torres, who operates Montclair-based Employer Support Group, a workers’ comp consultancy, to intentionally misstate the job designations of some Eclipse employees and hide other workers’ injuries. Leon is an employee at the company.
Roughly 20% of the company’s employees were misclassified, while injuries to more than four dozen employees were not reported, according to the D.A.’s office.
The charged crimes resulted in more than $540,000 in losses to Everest National Insurance Co. and Security National Insurance Co.