Woman bashes herself in face with sprinkler head to claim worker’s comp, forgets about surveillance video

A video of a woman hitting herself with a sprinkler head to fake an injury is going viral as Florida legislators work to clamp down on worker’s compensation fraud.

Sheyla White was convicted of fraud in August 2016 after staging an injury while on her job at Cinque Terre Energy Partners, LLC.

She claimed a sprinkler head at the Florida office fell from the ceiling and struck her in the head after bouncing off her desk in 2015, according to WTVT.

While her employer filed the worker’s compensation claim for the injury, the firm’s insurance company grew suspicious and asked Florida’s Division of Investigative and Forensic Services to investigate, according to a statement from the state’s chief financial officer, Jeff Atwater.

Surveillance video of the alleged incident showed a very different scenario than the one White suggested.

While the sprinkler head did fall on her desk, it did not bounce up at strike her as White alleged. Instead, the security footage showed White picking up the object and looking at it before striking herself in the head with it.

She was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 18 months of probation, avoiding the maximum sentence of five years in prison. Under the name Sheyla Diaz, White was previously arrested in 2010 for stealing students’ personal identification information while working as a teacher in Ft. Lauderdale, according to Atwater’s statement.

With Florida legislators filing several bills this session to change the system of worker’s compensation in the Sunshine State, the video of White’s staged injury began to be circulated on social media.

The HB 1107 bill, which seeks to exempt injured workers’ information from being disclosed per state public record law, is now awaiting a signature by Gov. Rick Scott.

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