Thursday, July 16, 2009


A 25-year-old man who allegedly claimed to be too hurt to work is now facing felony charges after he was found working at a Kingston, New York, scrap yard in a case of workers’ compensation fraud against the New York State Insurance Fund.

Police in Colonie, N.Y., arrested Jeffrey Santiago-Lugo, of Kingston, charging him with falsification of business records, grand larceny, insurance fraud and violating the Workers’ Compensation Law.

NYSIF’s Division of Confidential Investigations said the claimant received $6,318 in workers’ comp payments for a work-related injury, allegedly while concealing his return to work at a scrap yard in Kingston.

As a result of his arrest, DCI investigators estimated the potential future savings on Santiago-Lugo’s claim to be $64,592. Investigators added that the claimant allegedly worked under an assumed name to conceal his work activity, returning signed statements to NYSIF that he had not gone back to work.

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