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Actor Korianka Kilcher Charged With Workers Compensation Fraud

Koreana Kilcher, an actress who appeared in “The New World” and “Yellowstone,” is facing criminal charges for allegedly collecting disability benefits even though she was able to work.

Two felony charges of fraud

Kilcher has charged with two felony counts of workers’ compensation fraud. She reportedly collected $96,838 in benefits after injuring her neck and shoulder during the filming of “Dora and the Lost City of Gold.”

But investigators from the California Department of Insurance found she was healthy enough to work on “Yellowstone” the following year. During the time when she claimed that she handicapped. According to a news release issued by the department on Monday.

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The department announced the charges on Monday. However, Kilcher was charged and pleaded not guilty on 27 May. In a statement to Variety, her attorney denied the allegations and said that Kilcher “never knowingly accepted benefits she did not believe she was entitled to.”

“As such, Ms. Kilcher will vigorously defend herself and ask that she be presumed of innocence both inside and outside the courthouse,” said attorney Michael Baker.

Appeared in four episodes of “Yellowstone”

Known for depicting Pocahontas. She also appeared in the title role of “Princess Kaiulani”, a 2009 film about the colonization of Hawaii. and played the role of Kavilaka, an Inca princess, in the 2019 film “Dora”. She appeared in four episodes of “Yellowstone” during season three. Which aired in 2020.

Kilcher during the shooting of the movie “Dora”

Kilcher reportedly injured his neck and right shoulder during the movie “Dora” shooting in October 2018. Her lawyer said she was a passenger in a production vehicle when she was hurt. According to the insurance department, she went to a doctor after some time. But stopped getting treatment and did not respond to inquiries from his employer’s insurance company.

According to the department, Kilcher reached out to the insurer a year later in October 2019 for treatment. She reportedly told the doctor who handled her claim that her neck pain had become so severe that she forced to quit. And he hadn’t worked for a year. The department said it quickly began receiving temporary total disability benefits.

Kilcher sought treatment

Investigators later reviewed the payment details and found that Kilcher worked at “Yellowstone” from July 2019 to October 2019, just before seeking treatment. According to the department, Kilcher had finished this work just five days before she started collecting benefits. The department alleged that the doctor later said that if he had known about his recent work history, he would never have cleared the payment.

Kilcher’s attorney denied that she had ever been a fraud.

“Third-party doctors confirmed her injury and entitlement to benefits,” Baker said in the statement. “MS. Kilcher was always clear with her doctors and treatment providers.” The attorney said she also provided regular updates to her caseworkers in the division of workers’ compensation.

Prosecutor Christopher Hartman of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office handles the case. Kilcher’s next scheduled court date is August 7.

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