October 25, 2018. Command Investigations and Preferred Governmental Claims Solutions (PGCS) announce that Mary Cornell has accepted a Pre-Trial Diversion agreement.
Cornell’s Pre-Trial Diversion agreement covers the following charges:
- Florida Statute 440.105(4)(B)(7) – False Statement Workers’ Comp Claim $20,000 to $100,000
- Florida Statute 812.014(2)(B) – Grand Theft $20,000 to $100,000
- Florida Statute 837.02(1) – Perjury in Official Proceedings
As part of the agreement, Cornell must pay $27,648.72 in enforceable restitution, perform 50 hours of community service and complete one year of the pre-trial diversion program.
Command Investigations began an investigation into Cornell after she sustained an alleged work-related injury.
In a sworn statement after her alleged injury, Cornell indicated she was unable to conduct any type of yardwork besides ‘light raking.’
Further, she stated she couldn’t bend at the waist and only performed light house work.
Additionally, Cornell communicated to her treating physicians that she was in severe pain, could not work and was unable to bend, sit or stand for long periods of time.
Nevertheless, surveillance conducted throughout the investigation documented Cornell performing tasks inconsistent with her sworn statements. She was observed raking, digging holes, carrying stepping stones, bending, squatting and laying down sod.
Based on Cornell’s material misrepresentation and the supporting surveillance, Command’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) department was statutorily required to report the claim to the Florida Division of Investigative and Forensic Services, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Fraud.
Cornell was arrested on August 30, 2018 in Brevard County, Florida.
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