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Former L.A. County probation officer arrested for fraud while on probation for first fraud conviction

News: 2015 Press Release

For Release: August 27, 2015
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Former L.A. County probation officer arrested for fraud while on probation for first fraud conviction

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A former Los Angeles County probation officer, Robyn Palmer, 29, of Long Beach, was arrested yesterday on six felony counts of insurance fraud for allegedly forging documents to illegally collect disability insurance benefits while serving probation for another insurance fraud conviction.

Palmer was arrested while serving five years' probation following her conviction on 14 felony counts of insurance fraud, forgery, wire fraud, and grand theft in May 2014 for illegally collecting disability benefits from Allstate Insurance. Palmer was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $31,122.

"Palmer's nerve in allegedly collecting disability benefits fraudulently while serving probation for doing the same thing to another insurer is egregious," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "Crimes like these are costly to business, consumers and California's economy."

Department of Insurance detectives were contacted by American Family Life Insurance Company (AFLAC) after the insurer identified suspected fraud by Palmer. The investigation revealed that Palmer was allegedly collecting disability benefits totaling $24,000 from AFLAC while being prosecuted for the first crime against Allstate and continued to do so after her conviction and while on probation. 

Palmer is being held at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, CA in lieu of $150,000 bail. This case is being prosecuted by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. If convicted, Palmer could be sentenced to five years in state prison.

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