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Los Angeles medical worker arrested for disability fraud

News: 2016 Press Release

For Release: May 4, 2016
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Los Angeles medical worker arrested for disability fraud
Video evidence revealed suspect engaged in activities that indicated no injury

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Johana Magnolia Paredes, 45, of Bellflower, was arrested by California Department of Insurance detectives on two felony counts of workers' compensation insurance fraud after allegedly misrepresenting her injuries to collect $39,953 in disability payments that she was not entitled to.

"The disability system is an important lifeline for people truly injured and unable to work," said Commissioner Jones. "People who take advantage of the system do so at the expense of business and taxpayers."

Paredes claimed she injured her right wrist while working at the UCLA Medical Center. An investigation by the California Department of Insurance and video evidence revealed Paredes was able to exercise at the gym using her right hand and right shoulder with no limitations. Upon reviewing the video evidence, the Panel Qualified Medical Examiner stated Paredes had misrepresented her injuries and he would not have authorized additional disability payments or medical treatment if he had witnessed the video surveillance earlier.

Paredes was booked by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department on May 2, 2016. Bail is set at $30,000. This case is being prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

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