Sentencing delayed for fugitive who taunted DA on Twitter

Wanda Podgurski fled to Mexico after conviction

SAN DIEGO - Sentencing was postponed Wednesday to Jan. 6 for a woman who fled to Mexico after being convicted in an insurance and disability fraud scam in San Diego.

Wanda Lee Ann Podgurski, 61, pleaded guilty Nov. 1 to failing to appear in court while on bail and faces two years and eight months in state prison, in addition to the sentence of 20 years and four months she was given in absentia for the fraud scam.

While on the lam for several months earlier this year, the defendant taunted District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis on Twitter, 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 when she failed to show up to hear the verdict, which culminated a two-month trial.

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