State Compensation Insurance Fund has elected Lisa Middleton, senior vice president of Internal Affairs, to the chair of the Workers' Compensation Fraud Assessment Commission.

Ms Middleton has 35 years of experience in the workers’ compensation insurance industry and offers firsthand knowledge of best practices in identifying, preventing and fighting fraud. In her new role, Ms Middleton aims to increase the prosecution of fraud by improving fraud awareness and education, and enhancing collaboration with the Department of Insurance.

Ms Middleton served as a member of the fraud assessment commission since 2009. As head of State Fund’s internal affairs, she is responsible for the special investigation unit, public records office, and internal audit department. During her tenure at State Fund, she assisted in the prosecution of more than 75 workers’ compensation fraud cases and held various management roles.

Dominic Dugo, deputy district attorney and director of fraud grants at San Diego County’s District Attorney’s Office, said: Lisa Middleton is an outstanding choice to head up the Fraud Assessment Commission. She is an expert in the workers’ comp system and a knowledgeable and skilled fraud fighter.

“After years of working together battling fraud in San Diego, Ms. Middleton has shown unwavering support for law enforcement. California is fortunate to have Ms. Middleton leading our statewide anti-fraud effort.