- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A Spokane woman who helped operate a motel and apartment while claiming she was too injured to work has pleaded guilty in a disability scam.

State labor officials say Mistie Crosby pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of third-degree theft. She agreed to pay $98,623 in restitution. It will be returned to the state workers’ compensation fund.

The judge ordered Crosby to serve 364 days in jail, with all but 10 days suspended if she obeys the law for two years and pays court costs. The judge said Crosby could serve 10 days in electronic home monitoring.

Officials say Crosby filed an injured workers’ claim in 2010. From then until 2013, she received wage-replacement payments and benefits from the state.

But investigators say she had been working during that time.


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