A Menifee woman and her daughter are suspected of filing multiple fraudulent disability insurance claims, citing football injuries and snake bites, costing an insurer tens of thousands of dollars, authorities said Friday.
Hazel Edwards, 59, and her 38-year-old daughter, Laquita Lowe of Chula Vista, were arrested and booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on Thursday on suspicion of grand theft and submitting false insurance claims. They have since been released on their own recognizance.
According to the California Department of Insurance, the pair were snared in a statewide operation dubbed “Double Trouble,” which began in 2018, focusing on insurance fraud.
According to investigators, the suspects allegedly submitted bogus claims that netted $212,307 in benefits, primarily from AFLAC.
Edwards allegedly claimed disabling injuries stemming from softball, falling from a step ladder and being bitten by a snake, according to the DOI.
Lowe also claimed a snake bite, as well as hitting her head during an unexplained fall and playing football, investigators alleged.
“Department detectives confirmed with the reported health care providers that Edwards and Lowe were not admitted to any of their medical facilities, and were not treated by them for the alleged injuries they reported,.” according to a DOI statement. “They also confirmed that the medical records submitted to AFLAC in support of the disability claims were not completed or generated by the health care providers, and were in fact fraudulent documents.”
The DOI alleges that Edwards ultimately admitted to perpetrating fraud and implicated her daughter.
Riverside County and San Diego County sheriff’s detectives assisted in the investigation of the case, which will be prosecuted in Los Angeles County.