Woman accused of insurance fraud might have blown cover with tryst in park

S.F. Examiner file photoKickin’ back: Instead of being in agony due to an ankle injury suffered at work

S.F. Examiner file photoKickin’ back: Instead of being in agony due to an ankle injury suffered at work

They say love heals, but in this case it was nothing but a crutch for a Hayward woman whose sex act in a public park was filmed by an insurance fraud investigator.

On Monday, 29-year-old Modupe Adunni Martin, a former custodian for the Sequoia Union High School District on the Peninsula, was scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial conference, but her attorney was unavailable at it was pushed back to Oct. 9.

In February 2009, prosecutors said, Martin claimed she injured her ankle while on the job and told her doctors and employer that she could not work or walk without pain. During a three-month period, she reportedly used crutches 10 separate times while hobbling into the offices of two doctors.

Suspicions soon arose that Martin had been lying all along in order to obtain workers’ compensation benefits, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Wagstaffe said the insurance fraud unit in his office used an undercover investigator to film Martin’s activities.

After one of her doctor visits, Wagstaffe said, Martin was filmed using crutches to walk into the medical office, but did not use them while walking back to her car. She then reportedly drove to a gas station where she changed into a pair of high heels.

Martin then ran into a nearby park, Wagstaffe said, where she met her boyfriend and engaged in an X-rated activity. Citing a report from doctors, Wagstaffe said the sex act could not have been accomplished with the type of injury Martin claimed to have.

On Aug. 28, 2009, Martin was arrested on 10 counts of insurance fraud. She has been out of custody on $40,000 bail.

The case is scheduled for jury trial Oct. 22, Wagstaffe said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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