‘Yellowstone’ Actor Faces Criminal Charges for Workers’ Compensation Fraud

by Jonathan Howard

While Season 5 of Yellowstone is under production, it’s not all good news for all of the cast members involved in the show. Q’orianka Kilcher, the actress that plays Angela Blue Thunder, is facing criminal charges related to a workers’ compensation fraud accusation. She was allegedly getting disability payments, although she was capable of working.

Altogether, it is two counts of workers’ compensation fraud, according to Variety. They are both felony-level charges. While the actress was filming Dora and the Lost City of Gold she hurt her neck and shoulder. The injury had caused her, allegedly, to be unable to work. Despite that, the California Department of Insurance investigated Kilcher.

They found that she was working on Yellowstone, while also claiming she was disabled and collecting payments.

These charges were pressed earlier this year. Back on May 27, Kilcher attended her arraignment and pleaded not guilty to both counts. With that in mind, she will be defending herself in court.

“As such, Ms. Kilcher will vigorously defend herself and asks that she be afforded the presumption of innocence both in and outside the courthouse,” her attorney, Michael Becker explained.

The Injury

When the alleged injury happened it was October, 2018. Kilcher was working on the Dora movie. While on the set, she was in a production vehicle. That is where her attorneys say the injury happened. After going to a number of doctors, investigators say that the actress stopped going to treatments. Kilcher also failed to respond to her employer’s insurance company.

After a year, in October 2019, she went to the insurance company seeking treatment. According to the investigation, Kilcher allegedly told her doctor that her neck pain had gotten so bad she couldn’t work jobs. In fact, she had turned down jobs and said she hadn’t worked for a year.

That’s when her disability payments started to come in, the department explained.

Working on ‘Yellowstone’ in 2019

During the investigation, the department found that Kilcher did work. The actress was on the set of Yellowstone between the months of July 2019 and October 2019. Then she sought treatment. The state says that it was just five days between the end of her work on the show and when she started to get benefits. However, that’s not what Kilcher and her attorney are alleging.

“Third-party doctors verified her injury and entitlement to benefits,” Becked said in his statement. “Ms. Kilcher was at all times candid with her doctors and treatment providers.” He also said that his client was keeping up to date with her caseworker.

Kilcher is going to be back in court on August 7. Christopher Hartman is the prosecutor on the case for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.