An Albany, N.Y., woman was recently ordered to spend one to three years in state prison, and ordered to pay $43,405 in restitution, based on false claims she made concerning a neck injury, Albany County District Attorney David Soares announced.
Kelly Woods, 23, admitted she lied to doctors, the New York State Insurance Fund, and the State Workers Compensation Board by claiming she was suffering a permanent flexion of her neck at a 90-degree angle.(WCxKit)
She claimed her condition was the result of a workplace accident at a local construction firm based in Colonie, N.Y. Woods was caught during video surveillance moving her head and neck normally, according to prosecutors.(WCxKit)
Soares said Woods later fled to Utah and had to be extradited to New York. In March, she pleaded guilty to third-degree insurance fraud. NYSIF said the prosecution saved more than $591,000 in future benefits.
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