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4 New York Businessmen Charged in Workers' Compensation Fraud

The New York Inspector General’s office recently announced the arrest of four business owners who were charged with committing workers’ compensation fraud. The arrests come in conjunction with the recent efforts of the inspector general’s office to crack down on workers’ compensation fraud.

New York Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott announced that they have arrested four businessmen for fraud. In an ongoing effort to stop fraud, Scott and local and state law enforcements have teamed together to investigate potential scams. The Inspector General states,

The Workers’ Compensation system is meant to assist and protect employees who are unable to work due to an illness or injury, and those who abuse the system should fully expect they will be caught.

Business owners are required by law to provide their employees with workers’ compensation in case of injuries. In kind, employees are required to provide honest and appropriate information about workplace injuries to the insurance company, as well as the Workers’ Compensation Board. However, there are individuals who try to cheat the system to obtain benefits they do not deserve. Alternatively, some companies will fail to offer the appropriate compensation, trying to save money.

Authorities charged the owner of Fingerlakes Excavating LLC, Douglas S. Griffen, with grand larceny, reporting false business records, and fraudulent practices with workers’ compensation. Griffen allegedly claimed to provide workers’ compensation for his employees, but authorities found this to be untrue.

Roger Camby, owner of an online candle business, was accused of committing workers’ compensation crime of fraudulent practices, insurance fraud, and grand larceny. According to reports, Camby, a truck driver, was out of work on workers’ compensation benefits. However, while claiming to be out of work, Camby was supposedly conducting multiple businesses on the side. Reports state that while controlling his candle business, Camby received up to $56,000 in workers’ comp benefits.

Greenbriar Home for Adult’s owner John A. Francher was arrested for failing to offer the appropriate workers’ compensation for his business. Finally, Steven M. Spratley, of Spratley and Sons Tree Surgeons, was accused of lying about an injured employee. According to authorities, he denied workers’ compensation to an injured employee, claiming they did not work for him.


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