Q’orianka Kilcher filed fraudulent disability claims, investigators say

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“Yellowstone” actress Q’orianka Kilcher has been charged with workers’ compensation fraud after she allegedly pocketed more than $96,000 in unearned disability benefits, the California Department of Insurance announced Monday.

Kilcher, 32, faces two charges of fraud against workers’ compensation, according to the department.

Michael L. Becker, Kilcher’s attorney, said in a statement to The Washington Post that Kilcher has never accepted disability payments to which she is not entitled.

“As such, Ms. Kilcher will vigorously defend herself and is demanding that she be presumed innocent both inside and outside the courthouse,” he said.

Kilcher starred as Pocahontas in the 2005 film The New World opposite Colin Farrell and Christian Bale, and as the title character in 2009’s Princess Kaiulani, the story of the last heir to the throne of Hawaii.

During filming of “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” in October 2018, Becker said Kilcher was riding in a production vehicle when her neck and right shoulder were injured.

She saw a doctor a few times that year but reportedly stopped receiving treatment for her injuries and stopped responding to the insurance company processing her claim, according to the California Department of Insurance investigation.

Kilcher reportedly contacted the insurance company in October 2019 and told her doctor that she needed treatment and that she had been offered jobs since her injury but could not take them because her neck pain was so acute, investigators said.

Kilcher applied for and then received temporary disability benefits.

The investigation found that Kilcher worked on the Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone” from July 2019 to October 2019, despite filing a lawsuit saying she could not work for a year.

She received disability payments five days after working on the show, according to investigators.

Becker, her attorney, dismissed the notion that she received the payments with willful fraud, and he said she kept her clerk at the Workers’ Compensation Division regularly updated.

“Third-party doctors have reviewed her injury and her benefit entitlement,” he said. “MS. Kilcher has always been open with her doctors and treatment providers.”

The doctor on her application told insurance investigators he would never have approved her disability payments had he known about her recent employment, the Insurance Department said.

Kilcher surrendered himself and was charged on May 27, according to the Insurance Department. Her next scheduled court date is August 7th.

If convicted, Kilcher faces five years in state prison and a $50,000 fine for each count.

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Chris Estrada

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