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


There are no comments yet. Please share yours below.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Fu Lam Mum shutters temporarily in Mountain View
By Elena Kadvany | 5 comments | 3,398 views

How Does Silicon Valley’s Culture Affect Your Marriage?
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 813 views


Readers' Choice ballot is here

It’s time to decide what local business is worthy of the title “Almanac Readers' Choice” — and you get to decide! Cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 29th. Stay tuned for the results in the July 19th issue of The Almanac.