Rocky Hill, CT – A Salem man has been arrested and charged with illegally collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits.
Brian Simon was arrested December 14, 2021 by Inspectors from the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control 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 and one count of Larceny in the First Degree.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, on July 5, 2017, while employed at CWPM, LLC, Waste Management Services, Simon was allegedly injured while lifting a garage door. Simon claimed he sustained injuries to his right hip.
Subsequent to his alleged injury, Simon was placed on Temporary Total Disability (TTD) and began receiving TTD benefits from his employer through EMC Insurance Companies. TTD benefits are wage replacement monies for those who qualify under the program. During that period of benefits, the recipient is considered to have zero work capacity and must inform his employer of any improvements in their injuries. They also are required to report any income beyond the benefits provided.
Simon received Workers’ Compensation benefits in the amount of $101,837.20 over several years. Surveillance videos and documentation showed that while out on Workers’ Compensation, Simon was providing landscaping services.
Simon was released on a $35,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New London Superior Court, G.A. No. 10, on December 17, 2021.
The case will be prosecuted by the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney in Rocky Hill. The charges are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Source: CT CSAO