Ex-Police Officer in Hot Water for Workers Comp Claim

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A former Metro East police officer is facing numerous criminal charges stemming from a fraudulent workers compensation claim. In February of 2009, Richard Turner claimed that his back was injured while he was on duty. Once his story stopped making sense, investigators from the Maryville Police Department launched a probe to decide if he was telling the truth.

They found out that he did not injure himself at work. Yet, since 2009, Turner has received over $38,000 in workers compensation benefits from the village of Maryville while he was unable to work. The surgeries for his back injury were paid for by the workers comp insurance company which totaled over $150,000. He resigned from the department in October 2011 after serving since Novemeber 2003.

Evidence which was presented to the grand jury in Madison County has resulted in many criminal charges. Turner, 43 year old from Glen Carbon, was charged with two counts of theft, a class 1 felony for defrauding the insurance company and a class 2 felony for defrauding the village of Maryville. He also received two class 4 felony counts for unlawful violation of the workers compensation act because he filed a dishonest claim and lied to his physician about how he was injured.

Tom Gibbons, State’s Attorney, applauded the city of Maryville for their detective work. He said that Turner, “…was an individual who was supposed to be working to protect the Village of Maryville and their residents. The law applies to everyone and we will work to ensure that anyone who steals from the public is held accountable for their actions.” Turner can be sentenced for up to 28 years in prison if he is found guilty.

Workers compensation is a benefit afforded to employees who are injured while at work so they can take care of their families and doctor bills. If you have been injured while on the job, then you deserve to receive these benefits. Contact a skilled workers compensation attorney in Oakbrook to review your injury.

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