Johana Magnolia Paredes, 45, of Bellflower, Calif. 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.
Paredes claimed she injured her right wrist while working at the UCLA Medical Center. An investigation by the CDI and video evidence reportedly 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 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.
“The disability system is an important lifeline for people truly injured and unable to work,” Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said in a statement. “People who take advantage of the system do so at the expense of business and taxpayers.”
Paredes was booked by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department on May 2. Bail is set at $30,000. This case is being prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
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