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Butte woman ordered to repay $17K in fraudulently obtained worker's compensation benefits


HELENA, Montana — A Butte woman who was convicted of filing a false worker's compensation claim has been ordered to pay nearly $17,000 in restitution.

The Independent Record reports ( District Judge James Reynolds gave 50-year-old Melody Collier a six-year deferred sentence under the supervision of the Department of Corrections for felony theft.

Prosecutors say Collier filed a worker's compensation claim in April 2013 saying she hurt her knee while walking out of a cooler at a sandwich shop in Butte. However, an acquaintance told her employer she injured her knee when she tripped and fell at home.

Collier suffered torn cartilage and underwent surgery. The Montana State Fund paid $16,635 in work comp benefits.

Information from: Independent Record,

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