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Pomona woman charged with 18 counts for committing disability fraud

News: 2015 Press Release

For Release: February 17, 2015
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Pomona woman charged with 18 counts for committing disability fraud

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Pomona resident Yolanda Gladney, 56, was arrested and charged with 18 felony counts for disability fraud including presenting fraudulent claims for the payment of an injury, grand theft and falsifying records. An investigation by the California Department of Insurance alleges that Gladney filed multiple disability claims in 2013, totaling more than $5,000, by forging the signature of a former physician on various disability claim forms. She had not been seen by the provider since 2012.

"Whether it's a few thousand or millions of dollars, health insurance fraud impacts every consumer through higher rates," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "In addition to insurers passing these losses on to consumers, the time spent handling such fraudulent claims also impacts the ability of carriers to meet the needs of those who have legitimate disabilities and claims."

Gladney was an AFLAC Insurance policyholder and filed four disability claims in 2013. She received $3,080 in benefits from two of the claims before the claims specialist noticed several red flags on the physician's form. Had all of the claims been processed, Gladney would have received over $5,000 in benefits she was not entitled.

Gladney was booked into Century Sheriff's Station on February 12 and is facing a lengthy prison sentence if convicted on all felony counts. Her bail is set at $300,000.

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Yolanda Gladney's arrest photo is also available on the department's Flickr site:

The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.4357. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.

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