Ventura County (Calif.) District Attorney Gregory Totten announced recently that Linda Boggess, 49, of Ventura was convicted by a jury of four felony counts of workers compensation insurance fraud.
Boggess was employed by the Ventura County Human Services Agency. In March, 2007 she filed a workers comp claim alleging she experienced “paralyzing pain.”
She received medical treatment and temporary disability payments until November 2011, when she was cleared to return to work without restrictions. Shortly thereafter, Boggess provided new work restrictions from a separate doctor which limited her to lifting no more than five pounds.
In January, 2012, Ventura County, which is self-insured for workers comp claims, opened an investigation of Boggess.
Video surveillance taken of Boggess in a parking lot revealed she was able to lift car tires mounted on wheels, each weighing 45 pounds, and carry them for a distance of approximately 50 feet. In March, 2012, Boggess testified at her deposition that she was unable to lift and move anything heavier than a gallon of milk.
Boggess was to be sentenced on July 26, 2016.
She faces a maximum possible sentence of eight years in local custody and a $150,000 fine.
Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com. Contact: email@example.com.
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