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 San Diego congressman Wednesday filed an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that's intended to block President Donald Trump from barring transgender people from serving in the military.
A man accused of attacking mostly homeless men in San Diego neighborhoods last year, resulting in four deaths, was Wednesday ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial and will receive treatment in an effort to restore his competency.
San Diego State University was awarded a total of $134.3 million in research grants and contracts in the recently completed fiscal year, up $4 million from the prior year, school officials announced Wednesday.
One of the most notorious figures in the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal has completed his prison sentence on child rape charges and will be released this week after two experts hired by prosecutors found he does not meet the legal criteria to be held as a sexually dangerous person.
Police confirmed Wednesday there was no child abduction incident in Logan Heights following an investigation prompted by a 911 caller who reported that a man and woman drove off with a 10-year-old girl in the trunk of their car.
Three suspects were behind bars Wednesday in connection with a robbery that escalated into a fatal shooting outside a Burlington Coat Factory store in La Mesa.
Before kids head back to school from summer break, a local program wants to make sure they’ve learned important skills vital to their self esteem and future career development.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Diego is recruiting adults enthusiastic about leaving a lasting impressions in the lives of young people.