In Suffolk Superior Court, a 39-year-old man pled guilty to workers’ compensation fraud, 23 counts of unemployment fraud, and two counts of larceny over $250. Rigoberto Tellez was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $14,398.
Tellez suffered injuries after he fell at work on December 10, 2005. He received workers’ compensation benefits from December 2005 to May 2006, when he was cleared for light duty work following an independent medical examination (IME). His employer offered him work that met the IME’s criteria, but he refused and filed an employee claim through the Department of Industrial Accidents, which ordered his employer’s insurance company to pay Tellez benefits retroactively from June 2006.
At the same time, Tellez filed an Employee Earning Report stating that he was entitled to workers’ compensation and did not have any other income coming in. However, he was also collecting unemployment benefits in addition to workers’ compensation for part of this time.
MA Man Sentenced For Fraudulently Collecting WC Benefits, WorkersCompensation.com, April 15, 2009
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