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Sheriff’s Lt. Mandy Henderson Arraigned on Alleged Workers Comp Fraud

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Lt. Mandy Henderson Arraigned on Alleged Workers Comp Fraud

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Lt. Mandy Henderson

Sheriff’s Lt. Mandy Henderson Arraigned on Alleged Workers Comp Fraud

Mandy Henderson. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

When investigators met her at a Las Vegas-area Starbucks last year, they recalled Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Lt. Mandy Henderson walking slowly and gingerly, leaning on her husband’s arm to steady herself. In the middle of their conversation, she even reportedly stopped to lay down on a bench after complaining of deep pain.

All of it was planned, detectives say, to secure millions of dollars in potential disability benefits. In the days before and after that coffee shop meeting, the 41-year-old was actively engaged in bodybuilding — all caught on camera.

Back in the Bay Area on Friday, Henderson appeared to stand normally, and walked on her own power into a San Jose courtroom, where she was arraigned on charges of criminal and insurance code violations involving workers compensation fraud.

“I believe that (suspect) Mandy Henderson has no intention or motivation to come back to work on a modified or alternative basis,” Sheriff’s Detective Brendan Omori wrote in an investigative report that accompanied the charges, “because she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada prior to being granted an industrial disability retirement.”

The county estimated that had it been approved, Henderson would have received about $3.3 million in disability retirement payments over a life expectancy of 82 years.

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