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Cranston Man to Repay $10,000 in Workers' Comp he Collected while Employed

“All Rhode Islanders pay the price when someone knowingly commits workers’ compensation fraud,” said Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.

A 54-year-old Cranston man accused of collecting more than $10,000 in Workers' Compensation benefits while working for his painting company over a period of seven months in 2007 pleaded no contest to the charges in Providence Superior Court on Monday.

Associate Justice William E. Carnes Jr. ordered James M. Casale, of 110 Dunedin St., Cranston, to pay back the state the $10,232 he collected between February and August of 2007 after he failed to report returning to work, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin said in a release.

Casale was also sentenced to a four-year suspended prison sentence with probation.

“All Rhode Islanders pay the price when someone knowingly commits workers’ compensation fraud,” said Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.  “Fraud causes higher insurance costs for employers and costs honest workers wages and benefits, with consumers eventually paying more at the cash register.  With a prosecutor dedicated to handle all workers’ compensation fraud, unemployment insurance fraud and theft of wages cases, we have secured more than a dozen pleas and more than $200,000 in court-ordered restitution to the state’s safety net programs.”

“At a time when public trust of institutions both public and private is low, we hope this result shows that government agencies can and do work well together and hold accountable those who break the law,” said DLT Director Charles J. Fogarty. “I am grateful for the level of cooperation between the staffs of the Attorney General’s Office and DLT that brought about the prosecution and conviction of the defendant.”

Collin P. Hanrahan, an Investigator at the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Workers’ Compensation Fraud and Compliance Unit led the investigation. Special Assistant Attorney General Genevieve Allaire Johnson prosecuted the case on behalf of the State.

Jack Baillargeron June 23, 2014 at 08:27 PM
Well I am glad they are say restitution, one has to wonder of the cost of the investigation and legal fees in all this. Who pays for that? If it is the taxpayer, then that should be posted as well so we know the real number of recovered funds. I suspect those are not being paid by the defendants?
Leeza Amarant June 24, 2014 at 09:35 AM
And the R.I. workers' Comp Insurance rates keep going up!! A few years back if you had less than 5 employees you didn't have to buy it. Now it's mandatory even if you have 1 employee! Another way to kill small businesses in R.I.
PMarandola June 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM
@Leeza I so agree. And what is the difference between Illegals collecting SSI SNAP & working full time. You need an army of people to investigate them! Just saying
Vincent J Siravo Jr. June 24, 2014 at 12:39 PM
WOW! Although I think the court actions have a lot to do with giving another state job to someone; it is refreshing to see that something was accomplished (for a change). I have been a victim of Workers Comp Fraud twice in the past year. "Restitution" does not provide any penalties breaking the law. Until there is a risk to the employee, employer, AND THE LAWYERS (have you noticed all the billboards on Rt 95?) who bring shady cases to court, workers comp laws will continue to be broken at will. Ridiculous cases such as the one mentioned are only a very small part of the problem. The biggest problem is phony claims for "injuries". Dr Summeroff gets busy every spring with people anxious to beat the system. Anyone who is truly injured must be protected, but there are many more who use a "sore shoulder" or "stiff neck" to get time off with pay. We need to change our opinion about "victimless" crimes. WE ARE THE VICTIMS HERE.
PMarandola June 25, 2014 at 11:36 AM
Vincent we can thank the courts of RI all they care about is their BIG fat paychecks & pensions!

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