Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Longshore Worker Gets 3 Years In Fraud Case

A Rancho Palos Verdes woman

Longshore worker Sheila Burke, 53, was convicted of filing a phony accident claim was sentenced to three years in state prison for refusing to pay $75,000 in restitution.

Despite owning several properties and holding a job, Burke failed to comply with the restitution order. A Rancho Palos Verdes property she owns was valued at $218,000, 

A jury found Burke guilty in 2007 of two counts of insurance fraud and one count of grand theft stemming from insurance claims she filed.  Burke claimed that in November 2006, while working on the docks, she was injured in a collision involving her pickup truck and a tractor-trailer.

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