Kevin Moore, 41, of Moosup, CT, was charged with one count of fraudulent claim or receipt of benefits and one count of larceny in the first degree. He was released on a written promise to appear in court on July 30. It is unclear if he has acquired legal representation.
According to the arrest affidavit, Moore injured his back while working in July 2019. He was placed on temporary disability by his physician and received wage replacement benefits paid for by his employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider. In Moore’s case, the state of Connecticut was paying his benefits while he was unable to perform any type of work because of his injury.
An investigator from Gallagher Bassett Investigative Services (GBIS) conducted surveillance on Moore from November 2019 to February 2020 to see if he was exceeding the limitations set for him by his doctor. The investigation revealed that Moore owned and was running a t-shirt screening business, Four82 Designs, which earned him an additional income while he was still receiving workers’ comp benefits.
Gallagher Bassett determined that from November 2019 to May 2020, Moore fraudulently received approximately $47,000 in benefits, and that led to his arrest last week.
Moore is scheduled to appear in Hartford court on July 30, 2020. His case is being handled by the state Workers’ Compensation Control Unit. The press release announcing his charges noted that the charges are merely accusations and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty through court proceedings.
Workers’ compensation insurance is a fund that pays for an injured worker’s medical expenses and a portion of their lost wages, as well as rehabilitation or in some cases death benefits for the worker’s family in the event of a workplace fatality. In Connecticut, workers’ comp insurance provides wage replacement benefits and medical treatment for employees who become ill or are injured on the job. It prevents employers from bearing the costs of workplace injuries and compensates workers for their injuries and time off work. Connecticut has a no-fault workers’ comp system that provides benefits regardless of who is at fault for the illness or injury.
Almost every state requires employers to have some form of workers’ comp insurance. Making this type of insurance mandatory incentivizes businesses to keep their employees safe and reduces the risk of lawsuits against employers.
Employers suspected of committing workers’ compensation fraud should immediately consult an attorney. The consequences of a workers’ comp fraud conviction are severe, which is why it is imperative for anyone facing such a charge to first consult an attorney before speaking to any investigators or authorities.
South Florida Workers’ Comp Fraud Attorney
Are you a business owner accused of committing workers’ compensation fraud in South Florida? Contact Brian Silber, P.A. to set up a free initial consultation with one of South Florida’s most experienced workers’ compensation fraud attorneys.