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Arrest made for fraudulent workers' compensation claims

Fraudulent workers' compensation claims can damage a company financially and could affect insurance premiums if not discovered. A California employer that has discovered a false injury may start an investigation in an attempt to uncover the truth. A beauty contestant was recently arrested for making fraudulent workers' compensation claims when she was apparently seen competing in pageants following an injury.

The young woman claimed to have hurt her foot while working at a supermarket. The injury was serious enough that the woman stated she would be unable to return to work. She told her employer that the pain limited her ability to wear shoes or walk when weight was applied to the injured foot.

During the time the woman expressed her inability to complete her work duties, she allegedly competed in a beauty pageant that required her to walk distances and wear high heels. After this competition, the woman was seen again by her physician and given crutches; she then reportedly competed in another pageant. Investigators were able to use social media and the Internet to document the woman’s suspected infractions.

Authorities have charged the woman with three insurance felonies for her allegedly fraudulent workers' compensation claims. If she is found liable by the courts, she may be required to provide close to $24,000 in restitution and spend up to a year behind bars, as well as three years on probation. A California company that suspects an employee has been dishonest about their work injury may seek professional help in collecting back damages from the worker and otherwise protecting important legal rights.

Source:, "California woman arrested for workers' comp fraud after competing in beauty pageants", , Aug. 13, 2014

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