New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott and the State Department of Financial Services recently announced the arrest of a Niagara Falls man on charges that he defrauded the workers compensation system by more than $82,000 over a 13-year period.
James Reagle, 55, was charged with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Insurance Fraud in the Fourth Degree and the workers comp crime of Fraudulent Practices, felonies. He was accused of making nearly $370,000 in self-employed earnings while claiming he was not working in any capacity.
An investigation by Inspector General Leahy Scott working with the State Department of Financial Services found that Reagle began receiving workers comp benefits based upon an injury he sustained in 1990 while employed at a Lockport plastics company.
The investigation determined Reagle was self-employed from 2001 through 2014 recycling wooden pallets and earning a total $369,513 from his business during that period while representing to the State Workers Compensation Board that he was not employed in any capacity.
During the same time period, Reagle received more than $82,000 in workers comp benefits he allegedly was not entitled to.
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