For one California resident, reported workers compensation fraud was anything but beautiful.
Shawna Lynn Palmer, 22, of Riverside was arrested recently for workers comp fraud after video evidence showed her participating in the 2014 Miss Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix beauty contest.
Palmer worked as a clerk at Stater Brothers and on March 10, 2014 reported to her employer that she fractured a toe on her left foot at work.
During multiple doctor visits Palmer claimed that she could not place any weight on her foot, could not move it in any direction, or wear a shoe for any length of time.
Palmers’ doctor provided an ortho shoe, crutches, and gave her orders to refrain from working and to elevate her foot whenever possible. Palmer stated that she was not able to work due to her foot injury and continued to collect workers comp benefits.
While collecting workers comp benefits, Palmer participated in at least two beauty contests wearing high heels and walking without any signs of discomfort.
Video was posted on YouTube of Palmer as a contestant in the 2014 Miss Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix beauty contest.
Palmer, if convicted, faces up to one year in county jail, three years of probation, and restitution of $24,000.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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