Norwich Woman Charged with Workers' Compensation Fraud
STEPHANIE L. HART, age 45, of 139 Hickory Street, Norwich, was arrested on an arrest warrant charging her with one count of Fraudulent Claim or Receipt of Benefits.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, on October 11, 2016, Hart reported that she had sustained a work related knee injury while working as an oil delivery driver for Nikko Oil LLC of Canterbury. From October 12, 2016 to March 1, 2017, Hart received Worker’s Compensation Temporary Total Disability benefits totaling $7,252.87 from Federated Insurance, the workers’ compensation insurer for Nikko Oil. Temporary Total Disability is defined as a claimant having zero work capacity of any kind and not earning any money outside of the disability payment itself.
In January of 2017, it came to the attention of the owner of Nikko Oil that Hart was delivering oil for another company while receiving benefits. Video surveillance and security camera footage and electronic signatures showed Hart loading oil into a delivery truck on five separate occasions despite her claim that she was injured and could not perform the same duties for Nikko Oil, the warrant states.
Hart was released on a written promise to appear in Norwich Superior Court, G.A. No. 21, on September 1, 2017. The charges are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case will be prosecuted by the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.
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