Connecticut State Worker Charged With Workers’ Compensation Fraud And Forgery

                               

Hartford, CT  (CompNewsNetwork) - A Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services employee was arrested Friday, August, 22, 2008, on charges that he altered his physician's medical reports before submitting them to his employer relative to a workers' compensation claim.

Peter Young  of Beacon Street, Middletown, was charged with one count of Worker's Compensation Fraud and three counts of Forgery in the Second Degree. The charges are felonies carrying maximum prison terms of twenty and five years respectively.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Mr. Young is employed by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services and received a work-related injury on June 10, 2006. New claims for exacerbation of the injury were filed by Mr. Young on August 29, 2006, November 11, 2006 and January 24, 2007, the warrant states. 

The warrant alleges that during the period April 23, 2007 through July 20, 2007 Mr. Young altered three physician's disability slips and work status reports to indicate that he had no capacity to work. The physician issued the documents to indicate that Mr. Young could return to light duty work starting April 16, 2007, the warrant states. During that period Mr. Young received $13,604.88 in workers' compensation medical and wage benefits, according to the warrant.

Mr. Young's failure to disclose his capacity to work and the forging of his work status documents was in violation of his obligation to disclose all material facts concerning his workers' compensation claim.

Mr. Young was released on a written promise to appear and will be arraigned in Middletown Superior Court at G.A. No. 9 on September 4, 2008.

The case will be prosecuted by the Workers' Compensation Fraud Control Bureau of the Chief State's Attorney's Office in Rocky Hill.

The charges against Mr. Young are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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