A preliminary hearing date was set for a man who allegedly scammed a Murrieta business owner out of Workers' Compensation money while working elsewhere.
John Jose Ramirez, 49, allegedly accepted Workers' Compensation from Andy's Glass & Window Co., 25751 Jefferson Ave.; he could face three years in prison if convicted of fraud.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Becky Dugan set the date to Oct. 25 for a preliminary hearing, according to court records.
A preliminary hearing is a sort of mini-trial during which the prosecution presents evidence for a judge to decide whether the case should move to trial.
Defense attorneys can cross examine witnesses but do not always do so.
Ramirez allegedly was accepting wages from the compensation fund while working elsewhere and remaining active.
He allegedly hurt his knee in 2008, according to Rachel Naylor, who owns the business with her husband, Mike.
The couple initially kept him on in an office setting but after Ramirez allegedly made threats against an employee, the Naylors fired him.
Sometime within the next few years, said Naylor, she was aware of Ramirez collecting Workers' Comp while reportedly running his own glass business and remaining very active.
But it was not until 2011 that a case was filed against Ramirez, who is being represented by a deputy public defender, according to court records.