California Woman in Workers’ Compensation Fraud Case Surrenders

By Denise Johnson | March 25, 2011

California officials report that a Daly City woman charged with workers’ compensation fraud has surrendered.

Emily Kathleen Everett, also known as Emily Hegner, surrendered on March 9, as a result of a $120,000 arrest warrant based on 10 felony charges filed against her, according to Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

Emily has been charged with making a false/misleading statement in support of a claim, perjury, grand theft, knowingly failing to disclose an event, and preparing a false writing related to a workers’ compensation claim.

Officials said that on July 19, 2007, Everett was injured while performing her regular work duties as a health worker for Laguna Hospital. She allegedly slipped and fell on a puddle of water and subsequently complained of right wrist, left knee, and hip area pain and was restricted from returning to work.

While receiving total temporary disability benefits, Everett claimed she continued to be in constant pain, experienced severe back spasms, and utilized a wrist brace and cane.

Subsequent investigation revealed Everett had participated in a seven mile race on a course that included running up an 1,800 foot climb, stairs, sand and rolling terrain for about 1½ miles, and descending downhill to the finish line for about two and one-half miles.

Officials allege that she denied participating in any sports and made material misrepresentations to support the severity and extent of her physical disability. Everett had also requested a handicap placard from her treating physician, according to officials.

As a result of Everett’s alleged misrepresentations, she received approximately $9,529.00 in total temporary disability benefits and $50,267.00 was paid in medical specials.

The San Francisco County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting this case.

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