A South Florida woman was convicted of committing workman compensation fraud by hitting herself with a sprinkler head that fell from the ceiling and landed on her desk.
Sheyla Veronica White was an employee at Cinque Terre Energy Partners when she claimed she was injured by a falling sprinkler head on Oct. 1, 2015.
Surveillance video footage shows White pick up the sprinkler head, examine it, then look around to see if anyone was watching.
White then hit herself in the forehead with the sprinkler. She told a co-worker the sprinkler fell from the ceiling, bounced off her desk and hit her in the forehead.
Her employer, Cinque Terre Energy Partners, LLC, filed a workman’s compensation claim.
But the firm’s insurance company was suspicious of the claim and referred the case to the Division of Investigative and Forensic Services to investigate.
DIFS detectives requested surveillance video from Cinque Terre’s security cameras, which revealed White’s deception.
She was arrested on Aug. 5, 2016 and faced 5 years in prison.
White was subsequently convicted of fraud and sentenced to 18 months’ probation.
It wasn’t the first time White was convicted of committing fraud.
She was also arrested in 2010 and charged with stealing a students’ ID information while working as a teacher in Coconut Creek, WPTV reported.
In 2016, former President Obama ordered federal agencies to stop asking job applicants about prior criminal histories. The law made it harder for potential employers to deny employment to criminal-minded job applicants.
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