Albany, NY – New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott recently announced the arrest of an employee at the Central New York Psychiatric Center on insurance fraud charges by trying to collect supplemental benefit payments for days he claimed to be out on a Workers’ Compensation injury claim when in fact he was at work.
Duane C. Hayes, 40, of Utica, was charged with Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, felonies, and Attempted Petit Larceny, a misdemeanor.
An investigation by Inspector General Leahy Scott found that Hayes, a Security Hospital Treatment Assistant for the State, submitted a false claim to his personal supplemental insurance carrier alleging he was out of work on a Workers’ Compensation injury from Feb. 10, 2016 through June 15, 2016. That claim was meant to ensure receipt of supplemental benefit payments while out of work.
The investigation, however, found that Hayes was at work on full duty status during at least four of the dates he claimed to be out.
“This defendant is charged with abusing benefit systems in place that were mean to help him through a difficult time, not enrich his bottom line,” said Inspector General Leahy Scott. “I will use all the resources at my disposal to put a stop to any fraud against the critical systems in place that are meant to help hard-working New Yorkers.”
Hayes was arraigned in the City of Utica Court and released pending further court action. Inspector General Leahy Scott thanked the New York State Police for the assistance with the arrest, and Oneida County District Attorney Scott D. McNamara and his office for prosecuting this matter.
The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
Source: NY Inspector General