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Beauty contestant busted for fraud after YouTube postings

Beauty Pageant Contestant Accused of Fraud

A 22-year-old Riverside woman was arrested for workers' compensation fraud after YouTube videos surfaced showing her participating in beauty pageants at the same time she claimed to be unable to work due to a foot injury.

KTLA reports: Shawna Lynn Palmer claimed she fractured her toe in March while working as a clerk for Stater Brothers in Riverside, according to a news release from the California Department of Insurance.

Palmer insisted she was unable to put weight on her foot or wear a shoe for any length of time, the release stated.

Two days later, Palmer was seen on a YouTube video competing in the 2014 Miss Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix pageant while wearing high heels, according to Byron Tucker, Deputy Insurance Commissioner.

"People might want to say ... here's a young lady who had beauty and ... bravado in making these claims ... but it really didn't add up on the brains side of it," Tucker said.

Palmer went back to the doctor a week after the pageant with similar complaints about pain and was given crutches, Tucker said.

Within days, though, video posted online showed Palmer was competing again.

"Because of the amount of exposure that she had on social media websites it wasn't too hard to track this down," Tucker said.

If convicted, Palmer faced up to one year in county jail, three years probation and restitution of $24,000.

Palmer did not respond to KTLA's request for a comment.

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queencelt August 13 2014 at 1:59 PM

It makes me mad to see a healthy, young woman faking disability to get out of work while there are millions of fit, willing and honest OLDER people desperate for work right now!

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vrf19977 August 13 2014 at 12:36 PM

And beauty pageants are all about brains and character, right? Oh wait...

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uriahheep7275 vrf19977 August 13 2014 at 2:56 PM

It's no wonder. Our government is training people to live on the dole. She was just following suit.

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John Roberson August 13 2014 at 2:01 PM

and what about the doctor who gave her the clearance? Are they investigating him for all the times he has done this in the past? If she had been black and on welfare, they would not have anything, of course.

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fred August 13 2014 at 12:58 PM

Now if we could just get the Pantsuit Pinocchio and Lyin' Lois Lerner to tell the truth........:)

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adhocal fred August 13 2014 at 6:27 PM

or better yet get YOU to shut your pie hole

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PERFORATOR fred August 14 2014 at 4:27 AM

You got that right Fred, but it's not going to happen. It's impossible for any liberal to tell the truth.

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ualfriend PERFORATOR August 14 2014 at 6:13 AM

dim wit
I'am not a crook
no new taxes
want to try again

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plz909 August 13 2014 at 3:23 PM

Lose the tattoo, babe. Yikes. Symbols of trashdom.

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AMedicGary August 13 2014 at 2:03 PM

another 'taker' abusing the system the encourages lazy people to steal taxpayer money while they do not pay taxes at all ......when are we finally going to wake up and quit wasting taxpayer funds at every turn?

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chasesea August 13 2014 at 1:32 PM

Beauty not really. Brains....none. The states need to look harder...there's plenty more like this jerk who claim they "can't work", when in fact, they can. ******* off the taxpayers. Nice work if you can get it.

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hellyon3too chasesea August 14 2014 at 5:52 AM

You do realize that the woman was collecting work comp, right? And that work comp is not welfare, right? Work comp is paid for by your employer

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d1anaw hellyon3too August 14 2014 at 9:21 AM

Fraud is fraud and it doesn't matter who pays for it. And yes, I realize the employer pays for it. And when you have fraudulant claims being paid it raises the employer's premiums. And who do you think ultimately pays for that? We all do in the form of higher prices. Also, the mentality of work comp cheating isn't a lot different than the mentality for welfare fraud. The solution is the same for both. Hire more people to monitor and supervise those who are getting these payouts to ensure they are entitled to them and that they are following the mandates to continue to receive the payouts and if they are not, kick them off the dole. If they are committing fraud, prosecute them. With the money that could be saved, you could pay for new employees to do the monitoring and make more funding available for those who truly need it and are willing to play by the rules to get it.

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investigatorkch August 13 2014 at 3:18 PM

make sure she gets JAIL time.....

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ron investigatorkch August 13 2014 at 5:18 PM

Not Jail time, that cost us More money. Community Service. Picking up Trash along the road.

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skydrop007 August 13 2014 at 1:15 PM

Democrats never sice to amaze.

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buddwhyzr August 13 2014 at 4:20 PM

Twit. That girl's about as bright as a smokehouse at midnight.

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philoso2 buddwhyzr August 14 2014 at 9:03 AM

Stupidity is the correct spelling stupid.

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