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Raw Sonic Hamburger Fraud Scheme Busted

July 26, 2019 

A grand jury indicted a former Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice lieutenant for a scheme in which she tricked Sonic out of more than $10,000 over an allegedly raw hamburger in Louisiana, then tried to do so again a month later in Harris County, District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Friday.

Cassandra Brooks was indicted for third degree felony insurance fraud, which carries a penalty of two to 10 years in the same prison system where she was employed.

In July 2018, Brooks, 53, convinced a Lake Charles Sonic restaurant that she was served raw beef in her hamburger and provided photo evidence.  After an email to management, noting her unpaid medical bills and lost wages, she was given a settlement of $10,207.02 from State Farm. 

A month later, she made a similar claim at a Sonic on W. Bay Area Blvd in Webster, which is southeast of Houston.

An investigation delved into the metadata in the photos she sent as well as a reviewing her TDCJ timesheets, medical bills and other records.

The case will be prosecuted by Special Assistant District Attorney Jason Horn, who is employed by the Texas Department of Insurance and based at the District Attorney’s Office, where he specializes in insurance crimes.