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Father and Daughter Sentenced in $1.7 Million Fraud Case

by | Aug 27, 2013 | Criminal Defense

A 35-year-old woman, Y.K., and her 65-year-old father, A.B., were recently sentenced in a worker’s compensation fraud case. Y.K. broke her toe in 2002 while she was a manger at an office-supply store. She had surgery on her foot and toe and then claimed that she could not effectively get around on the crutches that were supplied to her. She was issued a wheelchair and then a motorized chair after complaining of carpel tunnel syndrome. Prosecutors on the fraud case stated that Y.K. made additional complaints for continued pain in her feet and other areas, anxiety and depression. She was prescribed approximately 25 different medications for the ailments and was put on temporary disability. Under disability she received about two-thirds of her salary (tax free).

Two years later, she claimed that she needed 24-hour care and her doctors claimed that she was “totally disabled”. Her father sent in claims to her insurance company for back-owed benefits to be paid for the years that he provided around the clock care for his daughter, which amounted to nearly $325,000. This claim was denied by the insurance company since her father was a South African citizen and did not have a valid work visa for the United States.

Shortly after A.B. was turned down for his claim for funds for providing care to his daughter, Y.K. told the insurance company that she needed to move to a larger home because she could not adequately move about her current home in her wheelchair. The insurer paid to have movers come to move all her belongings because Y.K. was “wheelchair bound”. The insurance company became suspicious when the movers reported that they saw Y.K. walk, stand, and move heavy boxes while they were at her home. The movers later submitted video to the insurer that allegedly showed Y.K. moving about without her wheelchair for two hours at a time, packing items, lifting heavy boxes, moving boxes, etc.

A search warrant of Y.K.’s garage was issued and investigators allegedly found over 20 boxes of medication that had never been opened or used. Charges were filed the next day against Y.K. and her father. They both pled guilty to eight felony counts, including insurance fraud and grand theft. Y.K. was sentenced to serve one year behind bars and her father was sentenced to 180 days. Both are required to repay the insurance company over $1.5 million.

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