Woman Arraigned on Insurance Fraud Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2011

CONTACT:
ADA Seth Steward, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1014
Erica Terry Derryck, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167

WOMAN ARRAIGNED ON INSURANCE FRAUD CHARGES

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Emily K. Hegner, aka Emily K. Everett, 34, was arraigned on charges of insurance fraud.

Defendant Emily K. Everett appeared before the Honorable Nancy Davis in Department 9 of San Francisco Superior Court on Thursday, March 10, 2011 for arraignment on ten felonies: five counts of violating Insurance Code §1871.4, workers’ compensation insurance fraud; one count of violating Penal Code §134, preparing a false document with the intent to produce it as true; three counts of violating Penal Code §550, insurance fraud; and one count of violating Penal Code §487, grand theft. Defendant Hegner pled not guilty to all charges and allegations.

According to court documents, Hegner, who worked for the San Francisco Department of Health as a Health Care Worker at Laguna Honda Hospital, is alleged to have committed insurance fraud by making material false representations and omissions to her doctors about her medical condition and physical abilities.

Hegner claimed an injury to her lower back, left hip and right wrist that occurred on the job. During the course of her medical evaluations and treatment, from July 2007 to September 2010, she reported pain and difficulty in walking distances and claimed that she needed to use a cane and wrist splint as a result of her work injury. However, according to court documents, on April 12, 2008 she entered and completed the seven mile Muir Woods Marathon, which included the Dipsea Trail. Six days later, when Hegner visited her physician using her cane and requested a handicap placard, she failed to disclose to her doctor that she had run in the race.

The charges in this case carry a potential maximum sentence of nine years and eight months in state prison, plus payment of restitution. Bail has been set in the amount of $120,000. The defendant subsequently posted bail and is out of custody.

The arrest of Emily K. Hegner is the result of an investigation by the California Department of Insurance. Sharon Bacon is the Assistant District Attorney prosecuting this case.
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