Philadelphia Woman Charged with Filing Workers Comp Claim While Working for Another Company

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June 11, 2014: The Philadelphia District Attorneys Office has charged 49 year old Donna Shaw with Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud and Worker’s Compensation Insurance Fraud.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit detectives began to investigate Donna Shaw after receiving a referral from the PMA companies who pay worker’s compensation benefits as a third party administrator for the School District of Philadelphia. On November 30, 2004, Shaw allegedly hurt her back moving a box of hamburgers while working as a food service manager for the School District of Philadelphia and has since been receiving Temporary Total Disability benefits from PMA. However, the investigation revealed that in spite of submitting forms where she indicated that she was not self-employed nor had she undergone any change in condition, Shaw began to work at a dog care facility called East Paws. Surveillance footage revealed that Shaw would walk dogs, clean up after dogs and carry supplies while working at the facility. Detectives interviewed the owner of East Paws who confirmed that Shaw had worked at the location for two and a half years prior to the closing of the site. Based on surveillance footage and interviews, detectives determined that Shaw had misrepresented the fact that she was employed while receiving benefits and had she disclosed this information then PMA would have ceased or reduced her compensation. Shaw was arrested for Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud and Worker’s Compensation Insurance Fraud on June 11, 2014. She is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court on June 16, 2014 for a status listing.

Detective Andrew Snyder and ADA Vicki Markovitz of the Insurance Fraud Unit are specially assigned to this case.


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