State Worker Charged With WC Fraud

Hartford, CT (CompNewsNetwork) - An employee of the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services was arrested today and charged with submitting forged medical documents in an attempt to fraudulently collect workers' compensation benefits.

Victor Vega, age 33, of 95 Hunting Street, Hartford, was charged with one count of Worker's Compensation Fraud and two counts of Forgery in the Second Degree.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Mr. Vega suffered a work-related injury on March 30, 2006, while employed as a mental health assistant at Cedarcrest Hospital, a facility run by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in Newington.

Mr. Vega legitimately received workers' compensation benefits for some dates in 2006, but allegedly attempted to wrongfully collect benefits for other days by submitting altered and forged medical documents, the warrant states.

Worker's Compensation Fraud is a felony carrying a maximum prison term of twenty years. Forgery in the Second Degree is a felony with each count carrying a maximum prison term of five years.

Mr. Vega was released on a written promise to appear and will be arraigned in Hartford Superior Court, G.A.  No. 14 on June 2, 2009.   

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

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

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