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Scotia man charged with workers' compensation fraud

Scotia man charged with workers' compensation fraud

A state sweep of workers' compensation fraud cases snared a Scotia man who allegedly collected $22,6

A state sweep of workers' compensation fraud cases snared a Scotia man who allegedly collected $22,600 to which he was not entitled.

Lee Kittle, 49, collected money from the New York State Insurance Fund after suffering an injury in 1993. State authorities said he allegedly was working at the Schenectady County Community College and the Saratoga Race Course while receiving workers' compensation.

He is charged with offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree and workers' compensation fraud.

Kittle’s arrest was one of 17 by the state's Department of Financial Services.

In a press release on Friday, Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky said this kind of fraud victimizes honest business and taxpayers, while making the state's businesses less competitive. “It needlessly drives up the cost of workers' compensation insurance," he added.

Others charged in the sweep included Charles Foster, 48, of Hoosick Falls, who the state says received $22,600 in benefits after hurting his leg in 2010. Investigators allege he was managing a storage facility and running a scrap metal business while receiving his benefits from the state.

Foster was charged with workers' compensation fraud.

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