Rockland man pleads guilty to workers’ comp fraud

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ALBANY – A Rockland County man has pled guilty to Workers’
Compensation fraud and will be ordered to pay more than $27,000 in restitution.

Trent Mitchell, 45, of West Haverstraw, entered a guilty plea in Orange
County Court to felony insurance fraud. As part of the plea, he will have
to pay $27,468 in restitution.

An investigation found Mitchell began collecting Workers’ Compensation
benefits when injured in early 2010 after slipping on a pipe while working
as a laborer for a Somers lighting company.

As part of his continued claim for Workers’ Comp benefits, he repeatedly
maintained he was not working in any capacity when in fact he had a full-time
job in 2011 and 2012 as a loading dock supervisor at an Orange County
trucking company. During the time he worked there, he received $27,468
in Workers’ Comp benefits to which he was not entitled.

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler and State Inspector General
Catherine Leahy Scott investigated the case.