Written by attorney Douglas M Larsen

Shoes, Women and Workers' Compensation

My closet contains four pairs of shoes. I have two pair for work (black and brown), one for casual events, and a pair of tennis shoes. In contrast, my wife has lots of shoes. So do my daughters. Women love shoes! It's all good.

As it turns out shoes often reveal the true character (and physical agility) of women.

Many news outlets are reporting a story about Modupe Adunni Martin. She claimed an ankle injury as a result of a work-related incident. a custodian in San Mateo, California, she claims she was unable to walk for six months without the aid of crutches. After medical assessments did not substantiate her claim, the workers' compensation insurer videotaped a day in the life of Ms. Martin.

As it turns out, the insurer picked a good day to videotape Ms. Martin. She hobbled to a doctor's appointment. After she left the doctor's office, she ditched the crutches and put on her high heels. She met a boyfriend in a public park. She ran to him wearing those high heels. She then knelt down and performed a sex act on him. (I guess it was a good day for him too.) Doctors say Ms. Martin could not have engaged in those activities had she really sustained an ankle injury.

Ms. Martin pled guilty to workers' compensation fraud. She is spending 9 months in jail, is on probation for 3 years, and must repay $79,000.

Many counties have units investigating workers' compensation fraud. They investigate fraud by employees and by employers. Work with your insurer and the District Attorney if you have a client like Ms. Martin.

My question is why she wasn't also convicted of engaging in lewd acts in public places?

And just what did those high heels look like? Perhaps you will find out when you google Ms. Martin.

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