Feats of Strength or Workers’ Comp Fraud?
If employees get hurt working, they’re entitled to time off and to collect workers’ compensation benefits. But when they try to collect more, they may be suspected of fraud.
For example, former Boston firefighter Albert Arroyo was acquitted from charges of fraud after he participated in bodybuilding competitions while on permanent disability leave. Prosecutors say Arroyo was working out twice a day while claiming his back injury prevented him from working, but the jury didn’t agree that it was fraud.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen permanently disabled employees engage in feats of strength. In February 2011, reports surfaced about a man facing criminal charges after being features on the reality TV show “Ax Men”, which profiles the treacherous lives of loggers.
On the other hand, some employees out on workers’ comp leave commit fraud by going to work for a different employer. For stories about these unsavory and enterprising characters, check out Workers’ Comp & Strip Clubs and Selling Crack is Work.