A married couple from Aurora, Colorado, has been accused to stealing as much as $140,000 from state workers’ compensation funds after the husband was injured in a workplace accident in 2008, according to an article in Insurance and Financial Advisor.
The man, who worked for a roofing company, was injured when he fell from a ladder that year. He received workers’ compensation payments to cover medical care and lost wages. His doctors informed him he was fully functional and could go back to work in 2009, but the man instead began to allegedly complain of ever-worsening symptoms and eventually began appearing at doctor’s appointments, accompanied by his wife, reportedly with symptoms of catatonia. However, investigators claim that they recorded video of the man driving and shopping during the same time period in which he and his wife were telling doctors that he was catatonic. He is also suspected to have passed a driving test during this same period, when both he and his wife were telling insurers that he was totally unable to function.
The Attorney General has accused both people with eighteen counts of theft in Colorado. If convicted, both the husband and the wife face up to $750,000 in fines and 12 years in prison.
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