For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Todd Dvorak
(208) 334-4112

Date: February 4, 2014

Nurse Sentenced for Insurance Fraud

(Boise) – A 57-year-old nurse from eastern Idaho was sentenced yesterday for filing a false claim to obtain extended worker's compensation benefits, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Seventh District Judge Dane Watkins ordered Sharon Cavanaugh to serve 14 days in the county jail and pay a $2,000 fine.

Cavanagh received a withheld judgment in the case. She must also serve four years of probation, perform 100 hours of community service and write a letter of apology.

Cavanagh, of Ammon, pleaded guilty on December 2, 2013, to one count of felony insurance fraud. By pleading guilty, Cavanagh admitted she submitted a fraudulent worker's compensation claim with her employer for an alleged injury that occurred while treating a patient in the emergency room.

When interviewed by investigators, Cavanagh claimed that a patient grabbed her arm and twisted it while she was attempting to get information from the patient. However, five witnesses stated that the patient was handcuffed with both hands behind her back and did not grab Cavanagh as she had claimed.

Insurance fraud is a felony that impacts all Idahoans. Anyone who witnesses or suspects insurance fraud is encouraged to contact the Idaho Department of Insurance at www.doi.idaho.gov.

The case was investigated by the Idaho Department of Insurance and prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Rondee Blessing of the Attorney General Insurance Crimes Unit.

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