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Tacoma woman pleads not guilty to theft after receiving $50,000 in alleged fraudulent worker’s comp

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on May 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
May 14, 2013 2:25 pm

A 39-year-old Tacoma woman has pleaded not guilty to five counts of theft for allegedly fraudulently collecting more than $50,000 in worker’s compensation benefits.

Deana Cook filed for the benefits and claimed she was injured on the job in 2007 and 2009, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.

It’s unclear what Cook’s job was.

The state Department of Labor & Industries issued her about $50,000 in worker’s compensation benefits because they believed she was unable to work.

A routine check of social security numbers between L&I and the state Employment Security Department showed Cook worked for two employers at the time she received worker’s compensation.

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