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.
San Diego Fire-Rescue later this year will add to its fleet a new helicopter designed to help find and extinguish wildfires quicker, perform rescue missions and deliver initial medical care.
One person was killed Tuesday in a single-car rollover crash on Interstate 8 near El Cajon, authorities said.
Only two days before preview night at Comic-Con kicks off and the streets of downtown San Diego on Monday night were being transformed in Comic-Con fever.
After last week's Build-A-Bear "Pay Your Age" sale fail, the company has announced you can still get the age deal (sort of) with its birthday-month "Count Your Candles" program.
IHOP has gotten over its identity crisis and is going right to a promotion that puts the spotlight on the flapjacks that made it famous.
Moisture levels will increase through Wednesday. Thunderstorms chances are elevated throughout San Diego County Wednesday and Thursday.
The San Diego City Council on Monday rejected Mayor Kevin Faulconer's plan regarding short term vacation rentals, but in a 6 to 3 vote approved City Councilwoman Barbara Bry's regulations plan.