December 15, 2017

CT Juvenile Detention Officer Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud, Larceny

Rocky Hil, CT – A Hartford man was recebtkt arrested and charged with illegally collecting Workers’ Compensation while he was working for the Cromwell school system after an injury on his job as a state juvenile detention officer supposedly rendered him unable to work.

Dameon McLean, age 41, of Essex Street, Hartford, was arrested by Inspectors from the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney on a warrant charging him with two counts of Fraudulent Claim or Receipt of Benefits and Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, McLean received Workers’ Compensation benefits after reporting an injury on March 22, 2016, while employed as a juvenile detention officer in Hartford.

Surveillance conducted in October of 2016 showed him working for the Cromwell school system as a behavior support paraprofessional to supervise students whose behavior required them to be removed from a classroom, the warrant states.

McLean continued to collect Workers’ Compensation from his state job although he was not entitled to do so, the warrant states, and received approximately $21,000 in benefits while earning another $16,109 from the Cromwell job, the warrant states.

McLean was released on a written promise to appear in Hartford Superior Court, G.A. No. 14, on February 9, 2017. The charges are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Fraudulent Claim or Receipt of Benefits and Larceny in the First Degree are class B felonies punishable by not less than one nor more than 20 years imprisonment on each count.

The case will be prosecuted by the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Unit.

Source: CT CSAO

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