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County clerk sentenced for workers' comp fraud

A hidden video was the undoing of a San Mateo County medical-records file clerk who had been drawing workers' compensation benefits after convincing doctors she had suffered a work-related back injury.

The video showed Fremont resident Sunita Sagar, 46, "engaged in a very active lifestyle," including walking, bending and working without apparent difficulty at businesses that she owns, prosecutors said

Ms. Sagar, who pleaded no contest in February to one count of felony workers' compensation fraud, was sentenced Aug. 21 to 120 days in county jail plus three years of supervised probation. In addition, she must pay the county $54,773 in restitution.

Ms. Sagar's sentence, handed out by Superior Court Judge Craig Parsons, includes the loss of her Fourth Amendment search-and-seizure protections, a prohibition on owning weapons and ammunition, and a monthly probation fee of $100, prosecutors said.

She has been out of custody on $50,000 bail.

Insurance fraud investigators looked into her situation after suspicions arose that she had faked her injury and was not "completely sedentary" and needing home care, prosecutors said.

After seeing the video, her physicians concluded that she had misrepresented her condition, prosecutors said. Her repayment includes the cost of the investigation.

Dave Boyce

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