Workers' Compensation Act as amended to January 1, 2022
Fraudulent claim or receipt of benefits. Penalties.
Sec. 31-290c. Fraudulent claim or receipt of benefits. Penalties.
(a) Any person or his representative who makes or attempts to make any claim for benefits, receives or attempts to receive benefits, prevents or attempts to prevent the receipt of benefits or reduces or attempts to reduce the amount of benefits under this chapter based in whole or in part upon (1) the intentional misrepresentation of any material fact including, but not limited to, the existence, time, date, place, location, circumstances or symptoms of the claimed injury or illness or (2) the intentional nondisclosure of any material fact affecting such claim or the collection of such benefits, shall be guilty of a class C felony if the amount of benefits claimed or received, including but not limited to, the value of medical services, is less than two thousand dollars, or shall be guilty of a class B felony if the amount of such benefits exceeds two thousand dollars. Such person shall also be liable for treble damages in a civil proceeding under section 52-564.
(b) Any person, including an employer, who intentionally aids, abets, assists, promotes or facilitates the making of, or the attempt to make, any claim for benefits or the receipt or attempted receipt of benefits under this chapter by another person in violation of subsection (a) of this section shall be liable for the same criminal and civil penalties as the person making or attempting to make the claim or receiving or attempting to receive the benefits.
No indication that legislature intended statute authorizing penalties for workersâ€™ compensation fraud to encompass sanctions against employees for misrepresentations on employment applications. 244 C. 781.
Cited. 45 CA 324. Section does not afford a private right of action; rather, it confers on individuals the right to bring an action for statutory theft under Sec. 52-564. 138 CA 93.