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How The Ice Bucket Challenge Led To Charges For A Pasadena Cop

Lego officers take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (Photo by Lynn via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
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One of those viral Ice Bucket Challenge videos from last summer has landed a Pasadena police officer in a lot of hot water. Investigators have charged Officer Jamie Robison with disability insurance fraud after discovering a video that shows the officer lifting a five-gallon bucket full of ice water and dumping it on a fellow officer last July. At the time, Robison was supposed to be on disability for lower back pain.

Officer Robison pleaded not guilty on Friday to four counts of insurance fraud, which allege that she exaggerated injuries on two occasions to collect disability benefits, according to the Los Angeles Times.

It seems the Ice Bucket Challenge incident isn't the first time prosecutors believe Robison fraudulently received disability pay, either. The District Attorney's Healthcare Fraud Division alleges that she also exaggerated a shoulder injury in 2012 to collect insurance payments for over a year.

Robison's alleged fraud may have cost Pasadena taxpayers up to $117,000, and if convicted faces a maximum sentence of six years and four months in county jail.