San Bernardino, Calif. Woman Arraigned on WC Fraud Charges

November 27, 2002

Investigators with the California Department of Insurance (CDI) Criminal Investigations Branch’s Fraud Division announced the arraignment of Emilia Sanchez, 37, of San Bernardino, Calif.

Sanchez pled not guilty at her arraignment late last week. According to investigators, Sanchez worked at a temporary employment agency under an alias of Susan Sanchez (Susan Sanchez was a deceased sister of Emilia’s). Sanchez alleged an injury while working at the agency and collected over $16,000 in disability and medical benefits from Zurich American Insurance Company. CDI investigators confirmed that the actual Susan Sanchez died in 1972.

Additionally, a fingerprint match was made between Emilia Sanchez’s prints and prints that she provided to the Department of Motor Vehicles when applying for a driver’s license under her alias of Susan. It is believed that Sanchez found employment under the alias so that she could continue to collect welfare benefits under her actual name.

The San Bernardino Superior Court issued a felony warrant on Nov. 7, 2002 charging Sanchez with seven felony counts of perjury and making material misstatements regarding her claim. She was booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on $50,000 bail.

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