Retired Ogdensburg Police Officer Charged With Worker's Compensation FraudPosted: Updated:
A retired Ogdensburg police officer is accused of workers’ compensation fraud for allegedly working at a raceway while collecting benefits for a work-related injury.
The New York State Inspector General announced the arrest of 51 year old Greg Sweet of Theresa.
He was charged Wednesday with two counts of the Workers’ Compensation crime of fraudulent practices, and one count each of third-degree grand larceny and third-degree insurance fraud.
According to the inspector general, Sweet sustained a work-related wrist injury in 1998, stopped working and began receiving workers’ compensation benefits at full pay.
Sweet retired in 2007 and continued to receive worker's comp benefits from the St. Lawrence County Self Insurance Plan, which covered the Ogdensburg Police Department’s employees.
On August 23, 2012 and September 23, 2012, Sweet completed work activity questionnaires for the insurance plan in which he stated that he was not engaged in any type of employment or volunteer activities.
However, the investigation revealed that Sweet was working at the time at the Can Am Motor Speedway in Lafargeville, performing various tasks including track maintenance and acting as a flagman during races.
Officials said Sweet obtained in excess of $3,000 in workers’ compensation benefits to which he was not entitled.
Sweet was arraigned in Canton Town Court and released pending further court action.