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Actress in Hit Show ‘Yellowstone’ Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud

According to an article by Christian Martinez of the Los Angeles Times, California officials announced last month that 32-year-old “Yellowstone” actress, Q’Orianka Kilcher, was officially charged with two felony counts of workers’ compensation fraud. Kilcher was arraigned in May 2022 and pleaded not guilty to the charges in June 2022.

Here is a timeline of events according to Martinez:

  • “In 2018, Kilcher reportedly injured her neck and shoulder while filming ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold,’ a live-action adaptation of the children’s TV show ‘Dora the Explorer.’”

  • “Kilcher saw a doctor ‘a few times that year’ but allegedly stopped attending treatment and ‘did not respond to the insurance company handling her claim on behalf of her employer,’ according to the Department of Insurance.”

  • “In October 2019, Kilcher contacted the insurance company and requested treatment, telling the doctor ‘that she had been offered work since her injury occurred but had been unable to accept it’ due to the severity of her neck pain, the department said.”

  • “Based on those statements, insurance officials said, she was paid temporary total disability benefits — $96,838 between October 2019 and September 2021.”

However, Kilcher was found to be working as an actress on Season 3 of “Yellowstone,” arguably one of the most popular dramas on TV, as character “Angela Blue Thunder,” from July 2019 to October 2019. The season aired in 2020 on Paramount Network.

Martinez writes, “The doctor said that the disability payments would not have been authorized ‘if they had been aware’ of Kilcher’s recent employment history, according to the Department of Insurance, which said records show that Kilcher started receiving benefits five days after last working on the show.”

**SPOILER ALERT** If you’re a Yellowstone fan, you’ll remember that during her first introduction on the show, one of the characters she was interacting with, Mo Brings Plenty, referred to her as “evil” and burned sage prior to her arrival, and after she left to clear her energy. Seems appropriate!

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