Transcript for Caught on the 'Price Is Right': Workers Compensation Fraud
A cloud of incense in Peru. And the candles in Athens as Christians prepare to celebrate Easter. And the skyrocketing claims of workers' comp. How one woman spins her price is right appearance to Cecilia Vega. Announcer: It's "The price is right!" Reporter: When you hear those three famous words on "The price is right" -- Announcer: Come on down! Reporter: You do what the man tells you! Fast. Like this woman, Cathy Cashwell. $1,375! Reporter: But a fortune in fabulous prizes wasn't the only thing Cashwell was collecting. Cashwell was also cashing in $3,000 a month in workers' comp, claiming an on-the-job shoulder injury left her totally unable to stand, run, reach or grasp. There you go. Good luck. Reporter: But there she is, spinning that big, heavy wheel, not once, but twice. It turns out "The price is right" double dealer isn't the only one. Bogus injury claims cost taxpayers hundreds of millions a year. Scores of former New York City cops and firefighters indicted for falsely claiming they had PTSD and anxiety as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Like former cop Vincent Lamantia. He is accused of lying about depression, and then collecting almost $150,000 in disability. But while he claimed to be too ill to work, prosecutors say he took exotic trips and bragged online about having a new job. Hey, I'm Cecilia Vega from "20/20" -- we wanted to ask Lamantia about his seemingly remarkable recovery. The prosecutors are saying you're essentially a cop who scammed the system. That's not -- I'm not a cop. Reporter: You were a cop, at one point. Why don't you give me a quick comment and then we'll get out of your hair. I'm sorry, I really can't. Reporter: You know they say that you claimed to be so mentally ill that you couldn't work, and yet you were still working on the side, basically defrauding -- Hold on, I just can't -- I'm on the phone right now. That's something. We're going to see much more of this coming up on "20/20." And more than 100 indictments? And they've all pleaded not guilty to all the charges. And what about our price is right contestant? She said she was, her words, hurting the whole time.
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