Court Locations

Butte County Courthouse
1 Court Street, Oroville, CA 95965

North Butte County Courthouse
1775 Concord Avenue, Chico, CA 95928

District Attorney, Michael L. Ramsey



Fraud


Consumer Protection Division

The Consumer Protection Division investigates cases of embezzlement, theft and fraud schemes.  Consumer fraud is preventable and being informed is key to understanding the many fraud scenarios targeting our community.  In addition to regular major fraud the Butte County District Attorney also investigates areas of specialized fraud.


Worker's Compensation Fraud 

The Workers' Compensation Insurance Fraud unit works closely with investigators from the California Department of Insurance (CDI), as well as other outside agencies such as the Contractor State Licensing Board (CSLB), California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), State of California Employment Development Department (EDD), other District Attorney's Offices and local law enforcement agencies.

There are many types of fraud within the workers' compensation system.  Some of the most common forms of workers' compensation fraud include:

  • Falsely filing an injury claim for a non-existent injury or injury sustained outside the work place
  • Failing to provide workers' compensation insurance for employees
  • Employer dissuading an employee from making an injury claim
  • Under-reporting the number of employees, or misrepresenting the type of work the employees conduct in order to reduce the insurance premium


Real Estate Fraud

The types of cases considered for investigation result from various fraudulent transactions and/or schemes including:

  • Submission of forged loan applications
  • Fraudulent transfers of title of real property
  • Recordation of fraudulent real estate documents
  • Home equity sale contract fraud
  • Mortgage fraud, as well as several other real estate matters


To Report Suspected Fraud

There are three different ways to submit a report of suspected fraud:

 Contact the DA

MAIN CONTACT
Phone: 530-538-7411
Fax: 530-538-7071
DA@buttecounty.net

Victim Assistance Bureau
Phone: 530-538-7340
Fax: 534-8301
victimwitness@buttecounty.net

Child Abduction Unit
Phone: 530-538-6540

Fraud Hotline
Phone: 866-DA Fraud 
           (866-323-7283)
DAFraud@buttecounty.net


 Locations & Hours