A woman who was filmed running in high heels and performing oral sex on her boyfriend in a public park while claiming to be too injured to work was sentenced on Thursday, December 13, to nine months in San Mateo County Jail for workers’ compensation fraud, according to sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com.
Modupe Adunni Martin, 29, of Hayward, California, a former custodian for the Sequoia Union High School, had been off work since 2009 on a claim that she hurt her ankle while she was at work and was unable to walk.
Doctors grew suspicious that Martin was not debilitated to the extent she claimed after ten separate medical assessments over three months failed to confirm the severity of her injury, and she was placed under video surveillance.
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe claimed that investigators filmed Martin limping and using crutches to walk into her medical appointments but walking without the crutches shortly afterwards.
Martin was also filmed as she ran in high heels to meet her boyfriend in a park. A short time later she could be seen kneeling in front of him engaged in a sex act.
After doctors watched the video, they concluded that Martin had exaggerated and misrepresented her injury, according to prosecutors. She was arrested on August 28, 2009, and charged with 10 counts of workers’ compensation fraud, but the case just came to trial.
Martin pleaded no contest to one felony count of fraud in October and was released on $40,000 bond, according to Mercury News.
Immediately after the sentencing in San Mateo County Superior Court, the 29-year-old woman was handcuffed and taken into custody. Her attorney Emily Andrews said Martin was “very remorseful and recognizes the gravity of her deception."
Superior Court Judge Craig Parsons called Martin’s false claims of a serious ankle injury “egregious,” and said she would be “punished for her activity.”
Parsons ordered Martin to repay more than $79,000 in defrauded funds, in addition to a nine-month jail sentence and three years of probation.