California Nutrition Assistant Arraigned for Workers’ Comp Fraud

California Nutrition Assistant Arraigned for Workers’ Comp Fraud

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Kia Lor, 54, of Merced, Calif., was arraigned on four counts of insurance fraud after an investigation by the California Department of Insurance found that she allegedly lied about the extent of prior injuries in an attempt to receive nearly $7,000 in workers’ compensation payments.

On Oct. 5, 2018, Lor, a former nutrition assistant at the Merced Community Action Agency, reportedly injured her lower back while lifting a cooler at a company picnic. During the course of treatment, Lor reportedly denied any prior injuries to her lower back when completing paperwork and while talking with the workers’ comp insurance carrier and the qualified medical examiner.

During the course of the CDI investigation, it was reportedly found that Lor had submitted multiple motor vehicle accident claims between 1999 and 2016 where she suffered injuries to her back. Additionally, she filed a workers’ comp claim in 2008 reporting a back injury.

Lor’s misrepresentations about the extent of her prior injuries could have resulted in her being paid $6,960 for permanent disability, but the investigation prevented the payment, according to the CDI.

Lor was arraigned at the Merced County Superior Court. The case is being prosecuted by the Merced County District Attorney’s Office.

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