PHOENIX, Arizona (KPHO) — A Phoenix woman tried to get away with $26,500 after claiming she lost her wedding rings.
But her lie was uncovered when Facebook photos surfaced of her wearing the distinctive rings, according to the Arizona Department of Insurance.
In June 2013, Maria Apodaca Simmons made a claim on her policy through Travelers Insurance Company for rings she said she lost while swimming in the Pacific Ocean a few days after her wedding in May.
She also filed a $14,000 claim on her husband’s wedding band in October 2013, claiming it was lost while he was swimming on vacation.
A State Farm employee thought something was fishy after she interviewed Simmons about her husband’s ring.
Simmons was wearing the rings that matched the photos from the appraisal she used for the Travelers policy, and the state Department of Insurance investigators were called in. They discovered a Facebook page with a photo of her wearing the same rings.
A search warrant was issued and the rings were found.
Simmons first said the rings were duplicates, but the jeweler told investigators that he had only made the one set.
On Tuesday, Simmons pleaded guilty to two counts of insurance fraud, and as part of a plea deal, she’ll be put on probation and pay $26,953.60 to Travelers Insurance and $1,005.11 to the Department of Insurance for investigative costs.