Las Vegas woman pleads guilty to faking falls, collecting money

Joyce Lupiani

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Las Vegas woman pleads guilty to faking falls, collecting money

CREATED May. 30, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas woman has admitted to staging accidents at 10 different businesses between Nov. 14, 2008 and Dec. 26, 2009 to collect insurance money.

48-year-old Mary Yonko of Las Vegas entered a guilty plea to two felony counts of insurance fraud in  court today, according to Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

Yonko says that she would enter a business, wait until she was unobserved, and then fall to the floor and claim that she received injuries as a result of the fall.

She would then file a claim with the store or its insurance carrier and request reimbursement for injuries she claimed to receive.

Yonko used eight different aliases and contact information for each claim to avoid detection. She was able to collect more than $30,000 from different businesses during the one-year period.

Yonko has agreed to pay $31,594 in restitution to the various businesses and she is facing the possibility of up to eight years in prison. She could also be placed on probation for five years and ordered to pay the restitution while under community supervision.

Yonko will be sentenced on Oct. 2 in Clark County District Court.

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