Victorville Woman Allegedly Used Fake Photos in Hot Coffee Burn Claim Against McDonald’s

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A Victorville woman was facing 21 felony counts of insurance and workers’ compensation fraud Monday after allegedly making a false claim against McDonald’s for burns on her hands she said she received from spilled coffee.

A large cup of McDonald's new 'Premium Roast' brand coffee is displayed at a McDonald's restaurant February 28, 2006 in Rosemont, Illinois. (Credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

A large cup of McDonald’s new ‘Premium Roast’ brand coffee is displayed at a McDonald’s restaurant February 28, 2006 in Rosemont, Illinois. (Credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Selena Edwards, 38, claimed the lid on a coffee cup she was handed at a McDonald’s drive-thru was not secured and the coffee spilled on her right hand, leaving her with second-degree burns, the California Department of Insurance stated in a news release.

Edwards submitted photos of the burns along with her injury claim, but detectives discovered that some of the photos had been copied from a hospital website, according to the news release.

“By copying legitimate burn photos from the Internet, Edwards attempted to make a profit from another person’s pain and suffering and for this she will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said.

Edwards was scheduled to appear in court Monday for a preliminary hearing.