Installing swimming pools over the summer got a Thruway worker on disability in hot water.
The State Inspector General said the individual is charged with defrauding the Workers’ Compensation system by collecting more than $5,000 in insurance benefits.
The individual had been receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits since allegedly suffering a debilitating injury in May while moving a Thruway guardrail, Scott said. But from June through August, he was seen installing and servicing swimming pools while claiming a disability made him unable to return to work at the Thruway, the IG alleged. During that time he collected $491.68 a week in benefits.
The individual was arraigned in Cambria Town Court on three felonies: third-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and fraudulent practices. He is to return for another appearance Feb. 6.
Aroostook County Man Guilty of Workers’ Comp Fraud
AUGUSTA – An Aroostook County trial jury today convicted an individual of theft of more than $10,000 in workers’ compensation benefits.
The individual received over $45,000 in benefits from the Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC) from July 2009 through February 2012 by claiming that he could not work due to an injury to his hand sustained in 2006 while working at Brewer’s Service Station in Mars Hill. In fact, in January, 2009, he opened his own small engine repair business, Littleton Service, in Littleton, Maine. The Evidence showed that he was performing many physical tasks in connection with his business that were inconsistent with his testimony before the Workers’ Compensation Board.
The State Attorney General commented, “My Office will continue to work with other state agencies to pursue those who would cheat and steal, no matter who or where they are or what they do for work. In these difficult times, all Mainers must pay their fair share.”
Class B theft is punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a fine of $20,000. The case has been continued for sentencing at a future date. An Assistant Attorney General prosecuted the case against the individual for the Attorney General’s Office.
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