Tuesday, July 21, 2009


A Niagara Falls, New York man has been arrested on multiple felonies in a case of workers’ compensation fraud for collecting wage-replacement benefits for more than a year from the New York State Insurance Fund after he allegedly returned to work.

William P. Franz, Jr., 30, faces charges including offering a false instrument for filing, insurance fraud, grand larceny, perjury and violating the Workers’ Compensation Law – all felonies – following his arrest by New York State Police.

Investigators said Franz received more than $6,000 in wage replacement benefits from NYSIF over the past year allegedly after returning to work as a roofer subcontractor for a general contracting firm in Cheektowaga, N.Y. Franz suffered a fractured foot while working as a roofer for a Depew, N.Y., remodeling service in 2004.

NYSIF estimated potential future savings on Franz’s claim to be more than $303,000, which is approximately the amount he would have been paid over the life of his claim.

Investigators said Franz, who had been classified with a permanent partial disability as a result of his 2004 injury, allegedly returned signed statements to NYSIF that he had not returned to any form of work since the injury.

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