A judge on Staten Island saw enough on social media when a woman who had received a settlement because she was too disabled to work blogged how she belly danced and “undulated” several hours every day for 3 years—and posted the pictures to prove it!
The woman, who also claimed online to be a spiritual healer, had previously convinced a New York City court that she was so injured in a 1997 car accident that she couldn’t work—or even leave her house. According to several media sources, not only did this claim get her an $850 per month settlement, but it also got her more alimony from her ex-husband, as well as their house.
Things got really interesting when a Facebook friend asked the woman online why she hadn’t posted a picture of a recent dancing performance—and someone told her ex about the post! Of course, he told it to the judge since the amount of his alimony payments were based somewhat on her alleged inability to work.
When confronted by the judge, the woman said doctors told her to take up belly dancing as physical therapy for her injuries from the crash—a statement that her doctor disputed under oath.
The belly dancing pictures that were posted online contradicted her claimed inability to move. And her constant posting on line defied her claims that she was so injured she couldn’t even sit long enough to use a computer at a job.
So the judge lowered her alimony and settlement payments, asked her to pay her ex’s legal fees, and gave her ex a 60 percent stake in the house.