Jul 20, 201602:02 PMBlog
Injured, but still working
A Federal Way woman, who worked full time as a nanny while claiming she was too disabled to work, pleaded guilty Monday to felony theft.
Yurizan Cuevas, 33, was ordered to repay Department of Labor & Industries $24,847 -- the amount she received in wage-replacement payments over a period of almost two years. King County Superior Court Judge Bruce Heller also sentenced her to 20 days in jail, which was converted to 160 hours of community service.
Cuevas was a baker and cashier at a cafe in the White Center neighborhood of Seattle when it was robbed in November 2010. While running from the robber, she hit a wall and injured her back. Health care providers verified Cuevas couldn’t work because of injuries from the incident, allowing her to receive wage-replacement payments from L&I.
An L&I investigation later found that Cuevas worked as a nanny for nearly two years, while stating on official forms that she was unable to work because of her injuries.
“Workers’ compensation is intended to help employees heal from on-the-job injuries so they can return to work,” said Annette Taylor, deputy assistant director in L&I’s Fraud Prevention & Labor Standards. “People like Ms. Cuevas, who try to game the system, are cheating their employers and fellow employees.”