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New York State Employee Sentenced for Workers Compensation Fraud

Workers Compensation Fraud NYS Employee

workers comp fraudA former employee of the New York Department of Transportation has been put on probation for three years for fraudulently collecting almost $10,000 in benefits over a period of eight months. State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the penalty imposed on Corey Cragnolin by Rochester City Court judge Caroline Morrison. Cragnolin was also ordered to repay $9,940.49 and prohibited from collecting any additional benefits related to the injury that led to his initial claim.

Under New York’s workers’ compensation system, anyone seeking or collecting benefits must disclose any other employment or income. According to documents filed with the court, Cragnolin received benefits from September, 2013 until May, 2014, based on injuries he allegedly sustained as while working for the Department of Transportation. Cragnolin had claimed that he was totally disabled because of that injury, and received benefits for a temporary total disability.

However, court records indicated that, during that time, Cragnolin was operating a home improvement business. That employment required that he engage in physical labor, including cleaning and repairing rain gutters, chimneys and roofs. While he was collecting the benefits, he reported to workers’ compensation officials at least five times that he was not working at all and had no other income.

Sources say that Cragnolin pled guilty to the charges.

DOT Employee Sentenced for Workers’ Compensation Fraud

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Michael Serres, ESQ.

Michael Serres, ESQ. is a reputed Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Astoria, Queens, NY. He graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 1989. Mr. Serres was admitted to practice law in New York State in 1990 and is admitted in the Federal District Courts for the Southern and the Eastern Districts of New York. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Workers’ Compensation Bar Association and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Queens County Bar Association.