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  • SF worker on disability ran race, prosecutors say

    Emily Hegner competed in a 7-mile Muir Woods run in April 2008 that included a chunk of the grueling Dipsea Trail. She did all right, finishing 12th out of 23 women in her age group.

    But three months earlier, according to the state Department of Insurance, Hegner was classified as disabled and was collecting workers' compensation benefits because of injuries she reported suffering in a slip-and-fall accident as a San Francisco hospital worker.

    And almost five months after the race, the department said, she told an orthopedic surgeon she was in pain most of the time, couldn't return to work, and needed a cane to walk or climb stairs.

    Hegner, 34, of Daly City turned herself in March 9 on criminal charges of grand theft, perjury and making a false or misleading statement in a workers' compensation claim, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said Monday. The San Francisco district attorney's office is prosecuting the case.

    Insurance officials said Hegner filed a claim saying she slipped in a puddle of water and fell while working at Laguna Honda Hospital in July 2007, hurting her wrist, knee and hip. She was then a recently hired probationary employee with the city Department of Public Health, said Eileen Shields, a department spokeswoman.

    Hegner said she suffered back spasms and was in constant pain, the insurance department said. She was classified as disabled through January 2008 and continued receiving medical benefits through the workers' compensation system until September 2009, the department said.

    When an orthopedic surgeon examined her in September 2008, the department said, she said she was still using a cane and a wrist splint, had trouble walking and climbing stairs, and would have a hard time returning to work. She denied taking part in any athletic events, the department said.

    That was almost five months after she competed in the Muir Woods run, prosecutors said. Her time was an hour and 48 minutes.

    In all, the department said, Hegner received $50,200 in benefits and treatment for her alleged injuries, including more than $9,500 in total disability payments.

    "Public employees who feel they are above the law and who commit perjury and grand theft and then file a false insurance claim will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Jones said.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...#ixzz1HT6nooZb
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    Workmans comp fraud makes it hard for those who are legit! The Dipsea trail is no joke!

    It's a felony....I sincerely hope she's convicted....

    She prolly has an handicap placard also!
    Last edited by deputy x 2; 03-23-2011, 06:52 PM.
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      Cheating is rampant at almost everything.
      Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
      Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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      • #4
        Yeah but this type of cheating has the added feature of two hots and a cold.
        This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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        • #5
          Did she at least have the decency to run the race with her cane???? This kind of crap makes me sick.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by DAL View Post
            And almost five months after the race, the department said, she told an orthopedic surgeon she was in pain most of the time, couldn't return to work, and needed a cane to walk or climb stairs.
            I hate these lying a**holes! They have so effed up the disability system that people who are legitimate can't get compensation and everybody is suspected of being a malingerer.
            "Son, you are a walkin' violation of the laws of nature...But we don't enforce them laws."

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            But I'd like to ask the Congress, I'd like to ask the President
            "Can ya tell me where all the money went?"
            We might not be broke but we're badly bent!


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            • #7
              I am SO glad to see that my initial thought was wrong; I thought it was gonna be a cop.

              And, ma'am? Here's your sign.
              If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.

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              • #8
                "Public employees who feel they are above the law and who commit perjury and grand theft and then file a false insurance claim will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Jones said.
                This has nothing to do with being a "public employee" - though I'm glad this guy was able to use that claim to grandstand a little bit .

                These dirtbag disability-fakers come from all walks of life. There are even entire areas of the country where this is so rampant that it's a generational thing: a parent will spend their life getting bogus disability checks and will encourage their kids to follow the same...um... "career" path. Then there are the "disability advocate" attorneys who facilitate marginal or outright bogus claims, and the shady medical professionals they use to provide "proof" of the nonexistent condition. There's an entire cottage industry. Glad I'm not working it anymore.
                "Sir, does this mean that Ann Margaret's not coming?"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by HI629 View Post
                  Did she at least have the decency to run the race with her cane???? This kind of crap makes me sick.
                  Your avatar is a pedo bear seal and this "crap makes me sick?"

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by westside popo View Post
                    Your avatar is a pedo bear seal and this "crap makes me sick?"
                    Yeah....no kidding......
                    This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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