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Fake police report submitted as proof of alleged comp injury

Fake police report submitted as proof of alleged comp injury

A Minnesota woman went the extra mile in her workers compensation fraud scheme by forging a police report on a work-hours car crash that investigators say never happened, the Mankato Free Press reported Monday.

Kathleen Grace Saunders, 53, was charged Friday with felony forgery and gross misdemeanor insurance fraud, the newspaper reported.

Ms. Saunders, of New Ulm, Minnesota, had been working for Rural Computer Consultants Inc. on Feb. 15 when she reported that she was injured in a car accident while heading off on a business trip, according to a court complaint, cited in the news report. Ms. Saunders reportedly told her employer a woman she knows was driving her to the airport when they were struck by someone who ran a red light, the newspaper reported.

Ms. Saunders reported that she had six broken ribs and subsequently missed a few days of work, during which she submitted a workers comp claim, submitting an accident report she said had been written by a local sheriff’s office official.

Her colleagues, meanwhile, became suspicious when she returned to work but did not appear to be injured, the newspaper reported.

Her employer then reviewed her computer records and allegedly found she had conducted internet searches on accident reports written by local sheriffs’ deputies and scoured the internet for injury photos of other women — both submitted with her claim, the newspaper reported. In reality, investigators told reporters there were neither hospital nor police records of an accident or injury.







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