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CA: San Bernardino officials say paraplegic faked disability for cash
ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 5/11/06 | AP

Posted on 05/11/2006 2:26:17 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

SAN BERNARDINO – A paraplegic who repeatedly filed claims and lawsuits for noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act was a con artist without any physical limitations, authorities said.

After her arrest this month by Las Vegas police, Laura Lee Medley, 35, of Alhambra leaped from her wheelchair and ran for freedom, officials said.

Complaining earlier that she was having medical problems, police took the woman to a Las Vegas hospital for treatment, said David Wert, spokesman for San Bernardino County.

“That's where the great miracle occurred,” he said. Medley “made a break for it,” leading police on a brief foot pursuit before she was captured, Wert said.

Medley's claims against public entities – including San Bernardino County, South Pasadena and Long Beach – claimed a bus dropped her off near what she called a non-ADA compliant roadway or curb, causing her wheelchair to topple. She claimed three broken arms in eight weeks – two lefts and a right.

South Pasadena settled Medley's claim for $6,700 on Oct. 18, 2005.

Her questionable claims led to last week's arrest in Las Vegas.

Medley was charged with filing false documents, attempted grand theft and two counts of insurance fraud. She is in a Las Vegas jail awaiting extradition to San Bernardino.

Medley's alleged deception was discovered by San Bernardino County officials after she filed a complaint saying she fell and broke her left arm on Oct. 17, 2005.

County lawyer Mike Sachs said Medley called him in December to complain about treatment she was receiving from county employees. Medley claimed she was an ADA compliance expert and she threatened to organize a protest march, Sachs said.

“She was a very pushy lady, and anytime she wasn't happy with a response she was getting from someone at the county, she would try to go to the next highest person,” Sachs said.

On Feb. 4, she filed a claim for $9,072 in medical expenses and lost wages. Medley then produced hospital medical records, documents that repeatedly misspelled Bernardino as Bernadino.

The hospital confirmed the documents were bogus.

Sachs said they learned Medley filed a nearly identical wheelchair-toppling claim seeking $5,200 from Long Beach. The claim was denied because the sidewalk was wheelchair accessible, Long Beach Deputy City Attorney Belinda Mayes said.

Medley then filed a federal lawsuit April 4 against Long Beach. That U.S. District Court suit is still pending and Mayes declined comment.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; conartist; disability; faked; officials; paraplegic; sanbernardino

1 posted on 05/11/2006 2:26:23 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

What doctor allowed her to get away with this?


2 posted on 05/11/2006 2:31:08 PM PDT by John Geyer
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To: NormsRevenge
She didn't do this without the help of lawyers.

Find those lawyers, yank their licenses, and throw them in jail.

And if they get beat up there, post the pictures on the Internet.

3 posted on 05/11/2006 2:35:58 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: John Geyer
re: What doctor allowed her to get away with this?))

Maybe we'll find a few of those, too. But if you read the story, it was a confrontation with medical personnel that exposed her.

4 posted on 05/11/2006 2:37:33 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: NormsRevenge

she said she did not have a leg to stand on.


5 posted on 05/11/2006 2:38:33 PM PDT by llevrok (When they come to take my guns, I will give them the lead first....)
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To: NormsRevenge

bump


6 posted on 05/11/2006 2:40:44 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/gasoline_and_government.htm)
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To: NormsRevenge

In addition to jail, make her pay back every cent.


7 posted on 05/11/2006 2:41:01 PM PDT by American Quilter
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To: NormsRevenge
She was a very pushy lady...

This is the key. I've known some serious sociopaths, and they always play up the self-righteous anger, knowing that 9 out of 10 people will just back down and give them what they want.

8 posted on 05/11/2006 2:42:14 PM PDT by Junior_G
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To: NormsRevenge
She claimed three broken arms in eight weeks – two lefts and a right.

LOL She's not disabled, she's deformed.

9 posted on 05/11/2006 2:42:56 PM PDT by DejaJude (Admiral Clark said, "Our mantra today is life, liberty and the pursuit of those who threaten it!")
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To: NormsRevenge

'That's where the great miracle occurred' :)


10 posted on 05/11/2006 2:44:25 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: NormsRevenge

Amazing what scam artists will get away with (or try to....)

Bad headline, though - it reads as though she actually IS a paraplegic......


11 posted on 05/11/2006 3:13:05 PM PDT by Enchante (General Hayden: I've Never Taken a Domestic Flight That Landed in Waziristan!)
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To: NormsRevenge

"After her arrest this month by Las Vegas police, Laura Lee Medley, 35, of Alhambra leaped from her wheelchair and ran for freedom,"

ROFLMAO!!!!


12 posted on 05/11/2006 3:30:37 PM PDT by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: John Geyer
Wouldn't be a doctor's fault either.
Could be she read up on all the symptoms and mirrored what a person with sever neurological problems would say and how they would respond.

Not having any explanation as to what was happening, it isn't impossible that eventually a doctor could declare her disable to be on the safe side.

(Just a possibility)
13 posted on 05/11/2006 3:44:29 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Mamzelle

What lawyer is going to suspect a person coming in a wheel chair to be acting in bad faith as a con person?

In addition, she could have fooled a doctor into getting declared disabled legally. (has happened before in America)


14 posted on 05/11/2006 3:45:56 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Where is the Perry Mason-drop-the-briefcase-on-the-floor-ruse when you need it?


15 posted on 05/11/2006 3:48:26 PM PDT by pollyannaish
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To: jocon307

My favorite part also. It's a miracle!


16 posted on 05/11/2006 3:49:28 PM PDT by pollyannaish
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To: A CA Guy
re: What lawyer is going to suspect a person coming in a wheel chair to be acting in bad faith as a con person? )))

Haw Haw Haw!

Maybe a lawyer who doesn't want to suspect anything, when he's got a hot prospect.

17 posted on 05/11/2006 8:13:01 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

Most lawyers are professionals who would assume people coming to them about a grievance are honorable unless they already had a criminal record.

They will have that record NOW! LOL

I was reminded of the Eddie Murphy movie moment where he was a legless beggar who is found out by the cops, so he gets up to run while yelling out it was a miracle, thank you Jesus! LOL


18 posted on 05/11/2006 8:19:27 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: A CA Guy
re: Most lawyers are professionals who would assume people coming to them about a grievance are honorable unless they already had a criminal record. )))

Yeah, and most Muslims are not murderers. They just say things like, "Well, the US should not support Israel..."

All this fraud had to do was shop around and ask around. My experience is that the MSM protects lawyers because they are such great sources for stories.

19 posted on 05/11/2006 8:22:28 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

So her lawyers haven't been listed yet?

I think the police will at least look at them.


20 posted on 05/11/2006 8:27:52 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Mamzelle

From the article it seems she would file claims directly with the government agencies using fake hospital and medical records. No lawsuits were filed and no lawyers to split with.


21 posted on 05/11/2006 9:15:50 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done, needs to be done by the government.)
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To: A CA Guy

"the Eddie Murphy movie moment"

LOL, I think that's in Trading Places, a very very good movies. Excellent title too.


22 posted on 05/12/2006 3:27:56 AM PDT by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: NormsRevenge; Abram; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Allosaurs_r_us; Americanwolf; Americanwolfsbrother; ..
"After her arrest this month by Las Vegas police, Laura Lee Medley, 35, of Alhambra leaped from her wheelchair and ran for freedom, officials said."

A humorous opportunity to take a jab at the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). The root of the problem is socialism, ie, 'public' ownership of buses, roads, buildings, and on and on, without which this act would be unnecessary. Its requirements on private businesses are especially hurtful.





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23 posted on 05/12/2006 8:08:56 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/gasoline_and_government.htm)
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