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California woman arrested for workers’ comp fraud after competing in beauty pageants

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Shawna Lynn Palmer reportedly claimed that she was unable to work as a clerk at a Stater Bros store in Riverside due to her foot injury, but authorities say she took part in at least two beauty contests.

A 22-year-old California woman was arrested Friday for workers' compensation fraud after online video allegedly showed her competing—in high heels-- partaking in beauty pageants, after claiming that she was unable to work at a grocery store due to a fractured toe.

"People might want to say here's a young lady who had beauty and bravado in making these claims, but it really didn't add up on the brains side of it," Byron Tucker, the state’s deputy insurance commissioner, told KTLA.com.

Shawna Lynn Palmer reportedly claimed that she was unable to work as a clerk at a Stater Bros store in Riverside due to her foot injury. She claimed, according to the California Department of Insurance, that she could not put any weight on her foot or wear shoes.

But shortly after the claim, she was seen in a YouTube clip wearing high heels on stage in the 2014 Miss Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix contest, Tucker said. 

Palmer reportedly went back to the doctor and was given crutches. But that reportedly did not stop her from competing in another contest.

Tucker said social media played a role in the investigation and the woman was not "hard to track down."

Palmer was booked on three felony counts of defrauding an insurance company, The Press Enterprise reported. She was released on $5,000 bail.

Palmer did not respond to KTLA's request for comment. If convicted, she reportedly faces up to one year in jail, three years probation and restitution of $24,000.

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