Manchester Janitor Charged with Workers' Compensation Fraud, Perjury

A Manchester man who went to work for a second company doing the same job for which he was out of work collecting Workers’ Compensation was arrested today on fraud and perjury charges.

RONALD GORDILLO, age 34, of 0032 Niles Drive, Manchester, was arrested by Inspectors from the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney on an warrant charging him with one count of Fraudulent Claim or Receipt of Benefits and one count of Perjury.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Gordillo collected Workers’ Compensation benefits as a result of a work-related injury he reported suffering in June 2017 while employed by one company contracted to do janitorial work in bank branch offices.

Surveillance conducted multiple times in October of 2017 showed Gordillo doing the same job for another company now contracted for the work by the same bank, the warrant states. It further states that Gordillo stated under oath during a deposition that he had not been working since the reported injury.

According to the warrant, Gordillo collected $17,408 in Workers Compensation that he was not eligible to receive.

Gordillo was released on a written promise to appear in Hartford Superior Court, G.A. No. 14, on October 22, 2018. The charges are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Fraudulent Claim or Receipt of Benefits in excess of $2,000 is a class B felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Perjury is a class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

The case will be prosecuted by the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Unit.