2004-03-05 / Community

Far Rock Woman Arrested for Fraud

Far Rock Woman Arrested for Fraud

A Far Rockaway woman has been ar rested for workers’ compensation fraud. Sarah Jamison was arrested af ter allegedly submitting a fraudulent application and claimed she was un able to work when she was gainfully employed.

The arrest comes as part of a major investigation by the Queens District Attorney’s Office and several state agen cies. Twelve Queens residents were netted in the investigation and have been charged with defrauding the State Workers’ Compensation system for more than $172,000.

Some of the arrested people were found "jet skiing, driving a truck and working as a custodian" according to Gregory V. Serio, Superintendent of the New York State Insurance Depart ment. Queens District Attorney said, "The defendants are alleged to have cheated other workers and employers as well, by making applications for and collecting benefits to which they were not entitled. The Workers’ Compen sation system was established for the protection and benefit of all working persons with legitimate needs. When any individual cheats the system and undermines its worthy purposes they will be vigorously prosecuted."

There have been more than 500 arrests resulting from investigations conducted by the Office of Fraud Inspector General since 1997.

The defendants have been variously charged with grand larceny, insurance fraud, criminal possession of a forged instrument, forgery and falsifying business records. They face up to seven years in prison if convicted.

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