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New Yorker accused of workers’ compensation fraud

A Binghamton, New York man was recently accused of workers’ compensation fraud when was found to have worked while receiving money for an injury.  Kent Hogdin, 57, was arrested on January 27, 2009 and charged with grand larceny, offering a false instrument for filing and violation of the Workers’ Compensation Law.


The Broome County Sheriff’s Department alleged that Hogdin received money from work he performed as a self-employed engine mechanic.  Hogdin received $21,000 for a back injury that he sustained in 2005 while working for Zabadal Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning.


Because of his workers’ compensation payout he should not have been receiving money from any kind of work, which was a stipulation of his disability agreement.  Mr. Hogdin signed papers stating that he had not returned to any kind of work while he was receiving benefits.


The New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) is hoping to get the message out to all claimants that workers’ compensation fraud will not be tolerated.