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Selena Edwards, 38, says when she bought a cup of coffee at a McDonald’s in Fontana, Calif., they didn’t secure the lid properly and it spilled on her hand, causing second-degree burns. She turned in a claim against the restaurant, asking for $10,000 in compensation, and included photos of painful-looking burns to back up her story. The chain’s insurance company was suspicious, and referred the case to state insurance fraud investigators. “We discovered that some of the photos were from a hospital website,” state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said. “We contacted her medical provider and discovered she hadn’t received any medical treatment.” Rather than get a fat payday, Edwards was instead charged with 21 felony counts of insurance and workers’ compensation fraud. (RC/Los Angeles Times) ...Now she really is in hot water.
Original Publication Date: 16 November 2014
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