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Yellowstone Actress Charged With Workers’ Compensation Fraud, Collected Over $96,000

Yellowstone “actress Q’Orianka Kilcher, who played Angela Blue Thunder in the famous Netflix series, is charged has been charged with two felony counts of workers’ compensation fraud, California officials announced Monday (July 11). She is accused of collecting over $96,000 in disability benefits despite having worked in the popular drama for several months.

Received Disability Benefits Despite Working…

“Yellowstone” actress Q’Orianka Kilcher, 32, has been charged with two felony counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud. An investigation by the California Department of Insurance found Kilcher allegedly flouted the law and collected over $90,000 in disability benefits. Kilcher’s attorney appeared in court on Monday (July 11) on her behalf.

The charges come after reviewing wage information from her employer as it was found that Kilcher worked on the popular Netflix series from July 2019 to October 2019 despite her statements to the doctor that she would be unable to work for a year following her injuries. The records also revealed that she returned to the doctor and started receiving disability benefits five days after the last working on the show.

The authorities also revealed that per her recent employment history, the doctor on her claim stated that if they were aware of the act that she committed such a fraud, they would have never granted her the disability payments. From October 14, 2019, through September 9, 2021, Kilcher’s received $96,838 in “underserved disability benefits”.

About Kilcher’s Injury…

Kilcher was self-surrendered and was arraigned on May 27, 2022. However, the issue goes back to 2018 when she allegedly injured her neck and right shoulder while acting in the movie “Dora and the Lost City Of Gold”. The investigation later revealed that she saw a doctor a few times that year, but stopped taking treatment and did not respond to the insurance company handling her claim on behalf of her employer.

In October 2019, Kilcher called the insurance company and stated that she needed treatment. She also told the doctor handling her claim that she had been offered work since her injury occurred but had been unable to accept it because her neck pain was too severe. Based on her statement, temporary total disability benefits were released to her.

If you don’t know this, California law prohibits misrepresenting injuries to medical providers to collect workers’ compensation insurance benefits. The investigation has concluded that Kilcher continued to work on “Yellowstone” despite conveying to the concerned doctor that she had been too injured to work.

The Department of Insurance is the lead agency investigating workers’ compensation insurance fraud and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting this case. Q’Orianka Kilcher’s next scheduled court date is August 7, 2022.

Note: Led by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, the California Department of Insurance is the consumer protection agency for the nation’s largest insurance marketplace and safeguards all of the state’s consumers by fairly regulating the insurance industry.

For further queries, consumers can call 1-800-927-4357 with any questions or contact the agency at www.insurance.ca.gov via webform or online chat. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.

Mallika
I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.
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