AUGUSTA – An Aroostook County trial jury today convicted an individual of theft of more than $10,000 in workers’ compensation benefits.
Te individual received over $45,000 in benefits from the Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC) from July 2009 through February 2012 by claiming that he could not work due to an injury to his hand sustained in 2006 while working at Brewer’s Service Station in Mars Hill. In fact, in January, 2009, he opened his own small engine repair business, Littleton Service, in Littleton, Maine. The Evidence showed that he was performing many physical tasks in connection with his business that were inconsistent with his testimony before the Workers’ Compensation Board.
The State Attorney General commented, “My Office will continue to work with other state agencies to pursue those who would cheat and steal, no matter who or where they are or what they do for work. In these difficult times, all Mainers must pay their fair share.”
Class B theft is punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a fine of $20,000. The case has been continued for sentencing at a future date. An Assistant Attorney General prosecuted the case against the individual for the Attorney General’s Office.