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Beauty, bravado…but no brains: High-heels lead to a worker’s compensation fraud arrest

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BUSTED! She claimed she couldn’t work after fracturing her toe. The California Department of Insurance said she claimed she couldn’t put any weight on her foot or wear a shoe for any length of time.

Now, 22-year-old Shawna Lynn Palmer has been arrested for workers’ compensation fraud.

Shawna Lynn Palmer

Shawna Lynn Palmer

FOX6’s sister station, KTLA in Los Angeles says Palmer was arrested after YouTube videos surfaced — showing her participating in beauty pageants at the same time she claimed she was unable to work.

YouTube video shows Palmer competing in the 2014 Miss Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix pageant — while wearing high-heels, according to California’s Deputy Insurance Commissioner.

“People might want to say — here’s a young lady who had beauty and bravado in making these claims, but it really didn’t add up on the brains side of it,” Tucker said.

KTLA reports Palmer went back to the doctor a week after the pageant with similar complaints about foot pain. She was given crutches.

Within days, video posted online showed Palmer was competing in pageants again.

If convicted, Palmer faces up to a year in jail, three years of probation and $24,000 in restitution.

CLICK HERE for more on this story via KTLA.