Failed follow-up: The case of the dubious dental work


I've been waiting for an opportunity to do a follow-up on this story, but the trail appears to have gone cold. Here's the story as we know it so far:

In 2004, a woman (who had previously run unsuccessfully for a city council position) files a $6,370 claim for dental work against McDonald's, claiming that she injured her teeth biting into a cherry pie. Less than three months later, she files a $6,006 claim against McDonald's for dental work resulting from biting into a piece of bone in a cheeseburger patty. The insurance company investigates and determines that both claims were false: The dentist who allegedly performed the dental work (coincidentally: her employer, where she had access to billing documents) says he performed no dental work on her.

It so happens that the year before, the woman had pled guilty to first-degree theft in which she had purchased property with her employer's money as well as embezzled $27,000 in cash. (Coincidentally, in that case, she also worked in a dentist office as an office manager.)

My frustration is that I haven't found any coverage of what the result of the insurance fraud charges were. There are quite a number of cases involving the defendant over the past five years, but I think 07-1-06399-1 is the relevant one here, since the arraignment date matches the news article date to within a few weeks.

The hearing was continued to October 9, 2007, then delayed one more day, at which point the defendant pled guilty, and a statement to that effect was filed the next day. In November, a felony judgment and sentence was handed down (case 07-9-33438-1) consisting of $500 plus restitution. Jail time or home detention doesn't appear to be recorded into the case history, so I don't know the full extent of the sentence.

Comments (4)
  1. Wang-Lo says:

    Poor thing.  If Ish had beaten Cole in the City Council contest, she undoubtedly would have found a way to divert hundreds of thousands of Duvall’s dollars into her own pockets.  Instead she was reduced to stealing less than ten grand a year from soft targets like her boss and McDonald’s.

    Like the saying goes: There are no small crimes, just small criminals.

    -Wang-Lo.

  2. Noah D says:

    You may be able to view the court documents here:

    http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/Clerk/Records.aspx

    There is a link to view the online records.  Looks like they charge $.15 a page.

  3. Andrew Brehm says:

    It wouldn’t even occur to me to sue a restaurant over hurting my teeth biting into a bone that was accidentally left in meat. Meat contains bones, it’s fact of life.

  4. mbghtri says:

    Vegetables, when harvested mechanically, can contain rocks or bits of wood.

    Improperly maintained processing equipment (such as a meat grinder or robotic packager) can shear off bits of metal or plastic into the food.

    Regular inspections are supposed to stop this sort of thing, but what profit-oriented middle-manager wants to risk his job recalling a million hamburger patties because one of them might contain a screw?

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