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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 4, 2013
Former California DMV employee sentenced in fraud case

A former California state employee convicted of filing a false disability benefit claim and then lying to investigators about it was sentenced today in Sacramento Superior Court, more than three years after her arrest.

Judge Geoffrey A. Goodman handed Lisa Trevino-Angelo, now 41, three years of informal probation and a total of 40 days in jail, according to a court spokeswoman. Each of the misdemeanor convictions had carried a maximum penalty of one year in jail.

The judge recommended that Trevino-Angelo serve a medical furlough instead of incarceration. She has until Feb. 22 to apply and to qualify for the program or she must turn herself in to serve jail time.

As a personnel specialist working part time for the Department of Motor Vehicles in 2008, Trevino-Angelo applied for disability benefits. She claimed the chronic pain, anxiety and fatigue she suffered were so crippling that she was virtually homebound and hardly able to lift a coffee cup to her lips.

CalPERS, which administers state employee disability benefits, collected four hours of investigative videotape that showed Trevino-Angelo bowling in Elk Grove, lifting a toddler, jumping at a soccer game and carrying bags while shopping. She was arrested in 2009.

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