A Pasadena police officer has been charged with insurance fraud after appearing in an “Ice Bucket Challenge” video while out of work on a disability claim for a lower back injury, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday.
Jaime Robinson, 39, pleaded not guilty on Friday to four counts of insurance fraud. Her bail was set at $40,000, the DA’s office said.
She was accused of exaggerating injuries on two occasions to collect disability benefits, according to Deputy District Attorney Arunas Sodonis of the DA’s Healthcare Fraud Division.
In July, Robinson allegedly appeared in a video posted online in which she was shown picking up and pouring a 5-gallon bucket of ice water over a fellow officer as part of the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” that swept the nation last summer. She was out of work on a disability claim for a lower back injury at the time, the DA’s office said.
Five gallons of water weigh about 42 pounds.
Robinson was also accused of fraudulently receiving disability pay for more than year related to a shoulder injury, a spokesman for the DA’s office said. That alleged crime occurred in 2012.
Two counts of insurance fraud were filed in connection with each instance, according to a criminal complaint.
Total losses were estimated at $117,000, the DA’s office stated.
Robinson faces up to six years, four months in state prison, time that would be served in county jail, the DA’s office stated.
She was expected to return to court in downtown Los Angeles on June 10.