- Dean Smith
22-Year-Old Pageant Girl Arrested for Workers Compensation Fraud
Shawna Lynn Palmer was arrested last month for workers compensation fraud…all thanks to her public Facebook posts!
The beauty pageant contestant participated in the 2014 Miss Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix Beauty Pageant, according to ABC7 Los Angeles. Palmer is featured in a YouTube video with the other pageant contestants clad in bikinis and high heels, strutting onstage, up and down the catwalk.
Palmer also posted pictures and videos of her and fellow contestants competing in pageants and other events on her personal Facebook page.
However, during these events, Palmer was collecting workers compensation benefits from her previous employer, Stater Brothers, for fracturing her toe on the job and claiming she wasn’t able to work (but she could walk in heels…).
Byron Tucker, deputy commissioner at the California Department of Insurance says, “She went to her doctor (and) told her employers that she couldn’t work. Had multiple visits to her doctor, was referred to a specialist, but all the time claiming she couldn’t wear a shoe, she couldn’t stand for long periods of time. She had a lot of difficulty walking.”
Investigators took to social media to help them make the case.
“You can’t post things to social media while claiming that you’re legitimately injured, taking a check from the state for worker’s compensation benefits and expect not to get caught,” Tucker said.
The beauty queen faces up to a year in jail if convicted. We hope she looks good in orange!
The staff at ICU Investigations is currently working on an almost identical case featuring a woman claiming injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident, while competing in one of the biggest pageants in the country! We will keep you posted!