Saturday, March 10, 2018



Construction worker sentenced for theft of workers’ comp benefits

ALBANY – A construction worker who falsely testified about his employment status and stole more than $5,000 in Workers’ Compensation benefits was sentenced by Columbia County Court Judge Jonathan Nichols to two to four years in state prison.

William Svida, 56, of Chatham was sentenced on Thursday for the crimes of grand larceny and attempted perjury and an unrelated charge of driving while intoxicate. He also paid $5,526 in restitution for the Workers’ Compensation fraud.

An investigation by Workers Comp Fraud Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott found that Svida unlawfully collected payments while working construction jobs including as a mechanic and operator at a paving company.

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