Ex-Bank Worker Charged With Insurance Fraud For Claiming PTSD After Robbing Her Workplace

A former manager at a Bank of America branch in California who was already convicted of helping bank robbers steal from her place of employment found herself in even hotter water, after officials said she had the “audacity” to also file a bogus workers’ compensation claim. She said the robbery — which, again, she was in on — left her with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The woman was convicted in 2012 and sentenced to nine years in federal prison this week, after she said two men held her hostage and strapped a bomb on her during the robbery. She’d claimed they made her take money out of the bank vault and carry it outside. Law enforcement found later that the bomb was fake.

Though more than $565,000 was stolen, $400,000 of that hasn’t been found yet.

She’s now facing charges of insurance fraud, according to the California Department of Insurance (h/t Bloomberg). After the incident with the fake bomb, she collected $45,537 in disability and medical expenses tied to her claims of PTSD.

“It’s shocking to think that [the woman], a trusted financial-institution manager, would be a co-conspirator in a bank robbery and staged kidnapping, and then have the audacity to file a bogus workers’ comp claim for traumatic stress and believe she could get away with it,” California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said.

She’s now charged with two counts of insurance fraud and is facing up to five years in prison if convicted.

BofA Fake-Bomb Banker Charged With Insurance Fraud [Bloomberg]

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