Brookhaven woman accused of faking worker’s comp claim
A Brookhaven woman accused of lying about getting hurt at work when she filed for workers’ compensation was booked in the Claiborne County jail Thursday with bond set at $5,000.
Letticia Valerie White, 39, was arrested in Hazlehurst Tuesday by investigator Michael Stevens with Attorney General Jim Hood’s Insurance Integrity Enforcement Bureau.
She was charged with one count of false pretense after she was indicted Aug. 9 by the Claiborne County grand jury for failing to disclose a knee injury and treatment, which occurred approximately two weeks prior to the date she submitted a workers’ compensation claim alleging she injured her knee at work.
The indictment states that between Sept. 1, 2014, and March 5, 2015, White intended to cheat and defraud the New Hampshire Insurance Co. for more than $500 by submitting a false insurance claim for workers’ compensation benefits for an injury to her left knee.
According to the indictment, White “did fraudulently represent that she had not received treatment on her left knee prior to her injury at work on or about Sept. 1, 2014, when in truth, she had received treatment on her left knee on Aug. 18, 2014, some two weeks prior to the alleged injury at work.”
The Copiah County Sheriff’s Office assisted in her arrest, Hood said.
The case was investigated by Stevens and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Robert “Bob” Anderson with the AG’s Public Integrity Division.
If convicted, White faces up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
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