If you’re collecting workers’ comp because you can’t work as an actor, maybe don’t act on a smash TV show. I’m Amy E. Feldman.
Actress Q’orianka Kilcher was charged with workers compensation fraud because investigators claim she collected almost a hundred thousand dollars in workers’ comp benefits ‘cause she said she was too injured from hurting herself on a film set to work as an actor, but investigators now claim that during that time, she was working as an actor in a little show called “Yellowstone” (you may have heard of it.)
Workers’ comp fraud is when someone willfully makes a false statement or conceals information to get workers comp benefits. That can include exaggerating symptoms, claiming a work-related injury that didn’t happen, claiming a non-work-related injury was work-related, or, as is the claim here—which Kilcher denies—working while allegedly disabled and not reporting income. Insurance companies conduct surveillance on those claiming benefits all the time so you don’t have to work on a hit TV show to come to the attention of investigators, although that certainly makes their job easier.