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Registered nurse found guilty of workers’ compensation fraud

Madison Voss
December 1, 2014 12:13 PM

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Golnaz Gholipour, 35, of Lake Forest was found guilty of eight counts of perjury and four counts of insurance fraud associated with her deception over a seven-year period to bilk the workers' compensation system for more than $300,000. Gholipour received a sentence of three years in county jail and three years of formal probation as a result of her criminal actions.

Gholipour was a registered nurse who filed a disability claim in January 2007 claiming she injured her back as a result of waking up from a nightmare. She filed for state disability benefits, but after discovering she would only receive $4,515 because she was only employed in California for a few months, she then filed for workers' compensation benefits.

Gholipour received more than $88,000 over a two year period from her workers' compensation claim. In April 2013, when she continued to claim that her health was not improving, the insurance company hired a private investigator.

During the investigation, Gholipour was caught on video showing no visible signs of pain or need for assistance while shopping, going to a movie and having a picnic in a park. These actions were in direct conflict to her statements that she used a walker and was unable to leave her home due to pain and a constant drowsy state associated to her medication. In reality Gholipour was only observed using a walker for her doctor's or legal appointments in a blatant effort to lend credibility to her workers' compensation claim.

A restitution hearing date is pending to establish the amount Gholipour will have to repay for healthcare and investigation costs associated with her criminal activity. This case was prosecuted by the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.

Media Notes:

San Diego County District Attorney's Office press release.



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