Rocky Hill, CT – A Torrington man who went on social media to pitch his side businesses after an on-the-job injury supposedly rendered him unable to work was recently arrested and charged with illegally collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits.
RICKEY FLOWERS, age 44, of 817 South Main Street, Torrington, was arrested by Inspectors from the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney on a warrant charging him with one count of Fraudulent Claim or Receipt of Benefits.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Flowers received more than $5,800 in Workers’ Compensation benefits after reporting a work-related injury in March 2017 while lifting an armoire at the Torrington furniture manufacturing business where he was employed.
An investigation showed that from May to August of 2017, Flowers actively advertised several businesses on his Facebook page including cleaning and carpentry services while collecting Workers’ Compensation, the warrant states. Video surveillance showed him moving and working in direct contradiction to his claims of being unable to perform any work, the warrant states.
Flowers was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Torrington Superior Court, G.A. No. 18, on February 6, 2018. 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 in excess of $2,000 is a class B felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. The case will be prosecuted by the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Unit.
Source: CT CSAO