SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A woman who was arrested in Mexico after being convicted in an insurance and disability fraud scam in San Diego must stand trial on a felony charge of failing to appear in court while on bail, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Wanda Lee Ann Podgurski, 61, allegedly taunted District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis on Twitter while on the lam, posting "Catch me if you can." She was later arrested in Rosarito and returned to San Diego in July.
Podgurski was convicted in January of 29 felony counts related to faking injuries and collecting payments of more than $650,000 from insurance companies. Authorities said she used the money to travel around the world.
Podgurski was out of custody on $500,000 bail during her two-month trial when she failed to show up to hear the verdict read. She was later sentenced in absentia to 20 years and four months in state prison.
If convicted on the failure to appear appear charge, the defendant faces an additional two years and eight months in prison. A readiness conference is scheduled for Oct. 8.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
SANDAG began removing call boxes along urban highways throughout the San Diego region this month and will continue to do so through June, reflecting a decrease in call volume due to the increase in cell phone ownership.
Authorities today announced that police have arrested a suspect in connection with Friday's sexual assault on the campus of San Diego Mesa College. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
Showers will be mostly light Saturday morning, decreasing into early Saturday afternoon. Another round of showers expected to push through late afternoon ending late Saturday night.
Police Chief David Nisleit Friday strongly disavowed what he described as an unofficial, "never authorized" departmental program that rewarded officers for making narcotics arrests.
On Friday, San Diego Police announced their search for a suspect involved in a robbery off the San Diego State University campus.
A court-appointed receiver has taken control of a Pacific Beach "hoarder house" that has accumulated trash, created unsafe conditions for children and harbored vermin in recent years, the San Diego City Attorney's Office announced Friday.
The owners of Hauser's Patio reached out to News 8 Friday morning asking to be put in contact with the couple who had their furniture stolen from their patio in Pacific Beach this week.