State Employee Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud, Larceny
A New Britain woman was arrested today and charged with illegally collecting more than $7,500 in Workers’ Compensation and medical benefits while employed by the state Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
ANDREA ACEVEDO, age 34, of 67 O’Donnell Road, New Britain, was arrested by Inspectors from the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney on a warrant charging her with one count of Fraudulent Claim or Receipt of Benefits and one count of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, collected $6,331.80 in Workers’ Compensation and $1,266.89 in medical benefits after reporting that she injured her thumb while giving a DDS client a bath in December 2016.
Subsequent investigation found discrepancies in the actual cause of the injury and also determined that Acevedo failed to report that she was working and earning wages while collecting the disability benefits, the warrant states.
Acevedo was released on a written promise to appear in Hartford Superior Court, G.A. No. 14, on December 5, 2019. The charges are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case is being prosecuted by the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Unit.