New York State Attorney General EricSchneiderman and Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott recently announced the guilty pleas and sentence of Joseph Clare, a retired Lieutenant with the New York State Department of Corrections, for fraudulently obtaining more than $56,000 in workers compensation benefits in less than three years.
Clare entered guilty pleas before The Honorable Kim Bennett in Genoa Town Court, Cayuga County, to the charges of Attempted Fraudulent Practices and Petit Larceny, class “A” misdemeanors.
As part of a plea agreement, Clare paid restitution in the amount of $56,400.00 to the New York State Insurance Fund, to cover the costs of the workers compbenefits that he received but was not entitled to, and was sentenced to a one year conditional discharge.
Defendant Admits to Falsifying Documents
Clare admitted to falsifying documents that he submitted to the New York State Insurance Fund, by stating on those documents that he was not working in any capacity while accepting workers comp benefits, when he was, in fact, working.
Between January 2012 and September 2014, Clare received workers comp benefits for two injuries he claimed he suffered while at work. Clare received those benefits in part because he claimed he would not have retired from the New York State Department of Corrections but for those injuries.
The charges filed against Clare detail that during this time period Clare was working at and running his own car dealership called J & T Auto in King’s Ferry, NY.
Despite running and working at J & T Auto, Clare claimed on six forms that he submitted to NYSIF, as required for his workers comp cases, that he was not working in any capacity.
Because of these false representations, Clare received $56,400.00 that he was not entitled to in workers comp benefits.
Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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