Guilty Plea in $2M Slip-and-Fall Scam at Houston Home Décor Store

February 19, 2015

An ex-worker at a Houston home decor store has pleaded guilty in a $2 million insurance scam in which customers intentionally fell and then filed claims.

Sandra Johnson of Katy faces up to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors announced the former claims manager at a Garden Ridge Pottery store pleaded guilty to receiving kickbacks in the money laundering conspiracy.

The case involved more than two dozen false claims approved by Johnson and settlements topping $2 million. Prosecutors say the money was shared by Johnson, the fake victims and others in the scheme.

Johnson’s sister, Natalie Jeng of Katy, was an adjuster for a business hired by Garden Ridge to also review the claims and approve payments. Jeng and two other women earlier pleaded guilty in the scam.

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