North Hollywood actress charged with Felony workers’ compensation fraud

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Actress Q’Orianka Kilcher, who appeared in the television series ‘Yellowstone’ and the movie ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold,’ has been charged with two counts of fraud workers’ compensation insurance, the California Department of Insurance revealed on July 11.

An investigation by the Department of Insurance found that Kilcher, a 32-year-old North Hollywood resident, allegedly broke the law by collecting more than $90,000 in disability benefits. Kilcher’s lawyer appeared in court today on his behalf and his next scheduled court date is August 7.

California law prohibits misrepresenting injuries to medical providers to collect workers’ compensation benefits, but the investigation found Kilcher was working on “Yellowstone” during the time she told a doctor she had been too injured to work.

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In October 2018, while starring in the movie ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold,’ Kilcher reportedly injured her neck and right shoulder. She saw a doctor a few times that year, but stopped treatment and did not respond to the insurance company, which was processing her claim on behalf of her employer.

A year later, in October 2019, Kilcher contacted the insurance company saying she needed treatment. Kilcher told the doctor handling her claim that she had been offered work since her injury occurred but could not take it because her neck pain was too severe .

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Based on Kilcher’s statements to the doctor, she began receiving temporary total disability benefits.

After reviewing salary information from her employer, the investigation revealed that Kilcher had worked as an actress on the TV show “Yellowstone” from July 2019 to October 2019, despite her statements to the doctor that she had no could work for a year.

According to the records, she returned to the doctor and began receiving disability benefits five days after she last worked on the show.

When told of Kilcher’s recent work history, his claim doctor said that if they had known about it, they would never have granted him the disability benefits. From October 14, 2019 to September 9, 2021, Kilcher’s received $96,838 in unearned disability benefits.

Kilcher surrendered and was arraigned on May 27, 2022. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is pursuing the case.

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