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State troopers are entrusted with patrolling highways and interstates as well as promoting the general safety of the public. (Being deceitful and putting their own interests above the welfare of others are not traits typically associated with the profession.) Kevin Moore, a Connecticut State Trooper from Moosup, has recently been charged with worker’s compensation fraud for allegedly lying about his continued need for workers compensation benefits.

Moore injured his back while working in July 2019 and was placed on temporary total disability (TTD) by his doctor. (This allowed Moore to collect wages from the state for the duration of the time he was unable to work because of the sustained injury.)

Gallagher Bassett Investigative Services (GBIS) monitored Moore from November 2019 to February 2020 to see if he was following the instructions and physical limitations set for him by his doctor. GBIS discovered that Moore was operating a T-shirt business while receiving workers compensation benefits. (That is illegal. In light of the situation he finds himself in now, he should consider making a t-shirt with this slogan – ‘Fraud Is Not Fun.’)

Investigators claim that Moore violated the stipulations required to receive workers compensation benefits by receiving additional income from T-shirt business sales and by physically functioning beyond the limitations recommended by his doctor. (I think most of us wish that our back problems were also fictitious.)

Between November 2019 and May 2020 Moore received about $47,000 in workers compensation benefits that he purportedly wasn’t entitled to. Prosecutors claim that Moore was able bodied and should have returned to work rather than collecting benefits he did not deserve. (Think twice next time you think it’s a good idea to lie so you can take a “sick” day.)

Moore was placed on administrative assignment while the charges against him are reviewed by the Professional Standards Unit. (That must make for an awkward return to the office.) His police powers will remain suspended and he will be without his service weapon and badge for the duration of their investigation.

It’s important to remember that Moore is innocent until proven guilty. When he goes to court, he will be facing one count of fraudulent claim or receipt of benefits and one count of larceny in the first degree if convicted of workers compensation fraud.

Today’s Fraud of the Day comes from an article, “Connecticut State Trooper charged with workers’ compensation fraud, larceny,” published by MSN on July 23, 2020.

A Connecticut State Trooper was arrested and charged with workers’ compensation fraud.

Police say 41-year-old Kevin Moore of Moosup was arrested on Wednesday by inspectors from the Workers Compensation Fraud Control Bureau which is in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.

 

 

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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.