Rocky Hill, CT – A former Cromwell police sergeant was recently arrested and charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud after he was seen doing construction work at his home after an on-the-job injury supposedly left him unable to work.
Jonathan Mantel, age 51, of Cromwell, was arrested by Inspectors from the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney on an arrest warrant charging him with one count of Fraudulent Claim or Receipt of Benefits.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Mantel received disability benefits as a result of a knee injury he reported suffering in June 2016 that left him unable to work as a Cromwell Police sergeant. Surveillance conducted over a period of nine days in October 2016 showed him working at his home, lifting and moving materials and using power tools to replace part of a deck and stairs, the warrant states.
Mantel received approximately $27,487 in Workers’ Compensation benefits and another $15,255 in salary from the Town of Cromwell to bring him to full pay, the warrant states.
Mantel was released on promise to appear in Middletown Superior Court, G.A. No. 9, on March 7, 2017. The charges are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case will be prosecuted by the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Unit.
Source: CT CSAO