Working as a 52-year-old librarian at a California State Prisonproved to be too much for Rosa Cazares Pitones, who was arrestedand charged with three counts of insurance fraud and one count ofgrand theft in March.

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According to the California Department of Insurance (CDI),Pitones filed a workers' compensation injury claim with StateCompensation Insurance Fund back in July 2004. Authorities saidthat the injury reportedly occurred while Pitones was moving officefurniture out of her work area at the Centinela State Prison. Shewas out of work for a year, claiming shoulder and back painprevented her return. Though she attempted to return in August2006, Pitones quickly succumbed to another back injury and claimedshe was unable to fulfill her librarian duties.

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A joint investigation by CDI, the California Department ofCorrections Office of Investigative Services and Office of InternalAffairs, and the Imperial County District Attorney's Officerevealed that Pitones was employed by the Imperial Valley Collegeas a full-time assistant librarian. Despite claiming otherwise, shehad been working full-time while collecting almost $21,000 inworkers' compensation payments.

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As part of her claim, Pitones stated that she was unable to dothe work of a Department of Corrections Librarian due to herinjuries. She also made statements to her treating physician thatshe was not able to work while she was employed as a full-timelibrarian at the college.

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"I will not tolerate insurance fraud in California," saidCalifornia's Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. "Any individualwho commits insurance fraud should know that teams of fraudinvestigators will track you down and put you in jail, where youbelong."

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