A Harwinton woman was arrested today and charged with submitting forged documents in connection with claims she filed for Workers’ compensation benefits while employed as a paralegal at the Office of the Secretary of the State.
MARY BETH ANDERSON, age 53, of 141 Highview Drive, Harwinton, was charged with one count of Workers’ Compensation Fraud, one count of Larceny in the Second Degree, and four counts of Forgery in the Second Degree.
According the arrest warrant affidavit, the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office received a complaint from Gallagher Bassett Service, the company that administers the Workers’ Compensation program for state employees, questioning two dates of injuries and nine documents submitted by Ms. Anderson in connection with her claims for benefits.
According to the warrant, Ms. Anderson filed claims in 2004 and 2008 for work-related injuries while employed in the Office of the Secretary of the State as a paralegal. The warrant alleges that documents submitted by Ms. Anderson in connection with the claims were forged.
Ms. Anderson is currently employed at the Freedom of Information Commission in the Office of Governmental Accountability.
She was released on a promise to appear for arraignment at Hartford Superior Court, G.A. No. 14 on June 21, 2012.
The charges against Ms. Anderson are merely allegations and she is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The case will be prosecuted by the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Bureau of the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office