Collected over $2.7 Million in Workers Comp Payments
Florida officials recently announced that a former state corrections officer was arrested, accused of faking an illness and collecting over $2.7 million in workers compensation payments.
According to authorities, 47-year-old David Brownell used to work as an officer at the Glades Correctional Institution in Belle Glade. In 1995, Brownell allegedly filed a workers comp claim, saying his work at the institution exposed him to rats and rat feces that led to respiratory problems and 24-hour-a-day dependency on oxygen.
Extensive Video Surveillance Proved Him Guilty
Authorities say extensive video surveillance shows that Brownell not only doesn't need oxygen tanks to breathe, but is able to play guitar in a band, attend a concert, drive and smoke.
Brownell, who now lives in Tampa, turned himself in recently, wearing an oxygen mask at the time of his arrest.
He was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail, and released on $50,000 bond.
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater says if convicted, Brownell could face up to 30 years in prison.
Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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