Retired Meriden Police Officer Charged with Workers' Compensation Fraud
Meridian, CT.(WorkersCompensation.com) - A retired Meriden police officer was arrested today and charged with Workers' Compensation Fraud for failing to disclose the complete circumstances surrounding a knee injury for which he collected more than $34,000 in disability benefits.
LEIGHTON GIBBS, age 54, of 149 Elm Street, Meriden, was arrested Monday by Inspectors from the Workers' Compensation Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney following an investigation into a complaint filed by the City of Meriden.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Gibbs received more than $34,000 in Workers' Compensation benefits after he reported injuring his knee when reporting to work on March 13, 2011.
The investigation revealed, however, that Gibbs did not report to doctors or his employer that he had, in fact, injured his knee outside of work the previous day. Gibbs retired from the Meriden Police Department in 2012.
Workers' Compensation Fraud is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Gibbs was released on a promise to appear in Meriden Superior Court, G.A. No. 7, on January 20, 2016. The charges are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent unless and until he is found guilty.
The case is being prosecuted by the Workers' Compensation Fraud Control Unit.
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