Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A Pasadena police officer who allegedly lifted a five-gallon bucket of water as part of an “Ice Bucket Challenge” — despite claiming she had a lower-back injury — was charged with insurance fraud, prosecutors announced Monday.

Officer Jaime Robison, 39, pleaded not guilty Friday to four counts of insurance fraud, according to the District Attorney’s Office. She is due back in court June 10.

Prosecutors contend Robison exaggerated injuries on two occasions to collect disability benefits. In one case, she was receiving disability benefits when, in July 2014, a video was posted online showing her lifting a five-gallon bucket of ice water and pouring it over the head of a fellow officer who was participating in the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” a widespread Internet-awareness campaign for ALS.

Prosecutors also allege she wrongly received disability insurance for more than a year around 2012.

Total losses are estimated at nearly $117,000, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Robison faces up to six years and four months behind bars if convicted.

— City News Service

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