HR Strange But True!
May 12, 2011

A California woman, who was out on total disability after allegedly slipping on a puddle during the course of her employment, was arrested on 10 felony counts for insurance fraud after she was found to have run a 7-mile road race that included running up wooden steps, through sand, and up an incline of 1,800 feet.

The woman, who worked for the City and County of San Francisco as a Health Worker III, was charged with making a false/misleading statement in support of a claim, perjury, grand theft, knowingly failing to disclose an event, and preparing a false writing related to a workers compensation claim, according to a press release from Insurance commissioner Dave Jones, which resulted in a $120,000 arrest warrant.

She had claimed that due to her injuries from the fall, she had sustained wrist, knee, hip, and back injuries that required her to wear a wrist splint and use a cane when walking due to constant pain. She claimed that constant, severe pain restricted her from performing her work duties.

She was observed using a cane whenever she went to the doctor’s office or therapy, and she requested a handicapped placard so she could park closer to the entrances.

Unfortunately, she was also observed running in the Muir Woods Marathon on the “rolling terrain” of the Dipsea Trail.

So Intercare, the agency that oversees workers’ compensation claims for the City and County of San Francisco, referred her case to the California Department of Insurance Fraud Division, which found that she had received $9,529.00 in total temporary disability benefits, as well as total payments on her claim of $50,267.00 including medical benefits, medications, and claim expenses.


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