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Disability fraud was so nice, state says she did it twice


Despite already being on probation for insurance fraud, a former Los Angeles County probation officer has been arrested for trying to defraud another insurer.

In the original case, the Los Angeles Times reports that Robyn Palmer, 30, was convicted in May 2014 of insurance fraud, forgery and grand theft for illegally collecting disability payments from Allstate Insurance Co., citing the California Department of Insurance. Ms. Palmer received five years' probation and was ordered to pay about $31,000.

Despite the ongoing Allstate charges and subsequent probation, Ms. Palmer reportedly managed to collect a subsequent $24,000 from American Family Life Assurance Co. AFLAC eventually called in state authorities, who launched a second investigation that led to Ms. Palmer's arrest last week, the Times reported.

“Palmer's nerve in allegedly collecting disability benefits fraudulently while serving probation for doing the same thing to another insurer is egregious,” California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said, according to media reports.

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