Muni driver accused of fraud pleads not guilty 

click to enlarge A Muni driver accused of insurance fraud pleaded not guilty on Monday. Jones was reportedly on break when a book of transfers had been taken from her bus. She told police she had been robbed and attacked, but prosecutors said video surveillance footage contradicted her description of the incident. - CINDY CHEW/2005 S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
  • Cindy Chew/2005 S.F. Examiner file photo
  • A Muni driver accused of insurance fraud pleaded not guilty on Monday. Jones was reportedly on break when a book of transfers had been taken from her bus. She told police she had been robbed and attacked, but prosecutors said video surveillance footage contradicted her description of the incident.

The Muni driver accused of four counts of insurance fraud pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

Velma Jones, 61, of Vallejo, is alleged to have falsely reported to police that she was robbed while on the job in June 2012.

According to court records, Jones was reportedly on break and not in her bus when she returned to find that a book of transfers had been taken. She then called police and said she was attacked and robbed and claimed she had pain in her head.

However, video surveillance from her Muni coach appeared to contradict her description of the attack, prosecutors said. Jones filed a workers' compensation claim for the injuries she reported receiving.

Jones is charged with four felonies, including workers' compensation fraud, filing a fraudulent insurance claim, submitting documents in support of a fraudulent claim and making false statements in connection with an insurance claim.

She pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday and is out of custody on $50,000 bail, Bastian said. She will return to court May 7 for a pretrial conference.

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