Drywaller Faces Workers' Comp. Fraud Charge

New York, NY (CompNewsNetwork) - A Saratoga County man who claimed he hurt his arm lifting sheet rock was taken into custody by New York State Police for allegedly returning to working while he collected workers' compensation benefits from the New York State Insurance Fund.

Michael Waldron, 28, of Ballston Spa, NY, faces felony fraud charges of violating the Workers' Compensation Law following his arrest on March 6.
Mr. Waldron had been receiving workers' compensation payments for an injury to his upper right arm that he said he suffered while working as a drywall installer on November 15, 2007.

As a result of the investigation, conducted by NYSIF Division of Confidential Investigations, the New York State Insurance Department Frauds Bureau and the Office of the Workers' Compensation Board Fraud Inspector General, it is alleged that Mr. Waldron performed a variety of jobs including drywall, painting and carpentry while receiving workers' compensation benefits following the injury.         

Investigators alleged that Mr. Waldron received $2,450 in benefits to which he was not entitled from July 3 through November 18, 2008, while returning signed statements to NYSIF indicating that he had not returned to any form of work.

As a result of his arrest, investigators estimated the potential future savings that would have been paid to Mr. Waldron on his claim to be more than $12,000.

Criminal complaints and indictments are accusations only. Defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

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