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Wheelchair-bound phony faces compensation
A wheelchair-bound woman, who has made numerous compensation claims over access for the disabled, got out of her chair and ran away after police arrested her for fraud, authorities in the US have revealed.
35-year-old Laura Lee Medley has made at least four accident claims in the past over personal injuries she alleged she received whilst trying to navigate her wheelchair around various cities in California.
Suspected of fraud, police officers tracked her to Las Vegas and took her into custody for further questioning. She then complained of feeling unwell and so was taken to a nearby hospital for a check-up.
Long Beach prosecutor Belinda Mayes explained what happened next, saying, “She gets to the hospital and while she’s waiting for an examination, she gets up from the chair and runs.”
Leaving her wheelchair in the hands of stunned nurses, Medley sprinted through the hospital corridors, dodging past patients and knocking shocked medical staff flying. Police officers gave chase and eventually apprehended the fleeing paraplegic, cuffing her and returning her to the station.
Medley now faces charges of filing false documents, attempted grand theft and insurance fraud, and it is unknown if she will have to repay the money won during the course of her various compensation claims.