Hollywood celebrities always seem to be entangled in a scandal.
Lately, it often involves somebody crossing the “woke” cancel mob.
But this Hollywood actress is in a heap of trouble after pulling one scam.
Many Americans got in serious trouble for taking out bogus PPP loans during COVID.
Supposedly $100 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) fraud took place, representing the largest amount in American history.
But one actress from the hit western series Yellowstone got nailed for a different kind of fraud.
Fox News reported that Q’orianka Kilcher “from the hit TV show ‘Yellowstone’ has been charged with two felonies after allegedly collecting nearly $97,000 through a workers’ compensation fraud, even though she was still able to work…Kilcher, 32, of North Hollywood, has been charged with two felony counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud after she received $96,838 in temporary disability benefits between 2019 and 2021, the California Department of Insurance said. According to the insurance department, Kilcher collected the funds for several months while she was working on the set of ‘Yellowstone.’ Kilcher played Angela Blue Thunder for four episodes that aired in 2020.”
If true, collecting roughly $100,000 while appearing on a hit television show is certainly a bad look.
According to the California Department of Insurance, for the fiscal year 2020-21, compensation fraud totaled an eye-popping $161,947,968, “costing California businesses and increasing costs to workers.”
With all of the immoral behavior and corruption in Hollywood, it’s quite surprising that a workers’ comp claim could actually be the thing that takes someone down.
Fox News added that “Kilcher initially started collecting disability insurance after she injured her neck and right shoulder while riding in a production vehicle on the set of ‘Dora’ in October 2018, the insurance company said. She also denied work the following year citing severe neck pain, resulting from the injury, the company added. In its statement, the company said Kilcher returned to work and then resumed her disability payments…Kilcher surrendered to authorities in May.”
The Department of Insurance claimed that Kilcher “stopped treatment and did not respond to the insurance company handling her claim on behalf of her employer.”
For her part, Kilcher says that the charges are not true.
She responded on Instagram, “So you only heard one side of the story and chose to believe it. Well now, that makes you as smart as paste doesn’t it.”
Michael Becker, Kilcher’s attorney, explained, “Third-party doctors verified her injury and entitlement to benefits…Ms. Kilcher was at all times candid with her doctors and treatment providers… and she never intentionally accepted benefits that she did not believe she was entitled to…[She will] vigorously defend herself and asks that she be afforded the presumption of innocence both in and outside the courthouse.”
Yellowstone season five premieres in the fall, and fans are eagerly anticipating its return.
It would be tragic for Kilcher’s arrest to overshadow the show.