www.thehour.com, Caroline Tien, Sept 20, 2022
ROCKY HILL — A Massachusetts man is charged with illegally collecting workers’ compensation and transportation benefits while working for the state of Connecticut, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice.
Officials said Matthew Hubbard, 54, of Agawam, Mass., was charged with first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community, fraudulent claim or receipt of benefits and perjury after his arrest Tuesday. Hubbard was released on $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Hartford on Oct. 3.
Hubbard was injured while working as a corrections officer for the Connecticut Department of Correction on Aug. 7, 2020. He then began receiving temporary total disability benefits from the state to cover lost wages, according to officials. Under the terms of the benefits policy, Hubbard was required to inform the Department of Correction of any improvement in his health and report any income besides TTD benefits to the department, officials said.
Hubbard received a total of $86,648.08 in benefits — $74,129.72 to cover lost wages and $12,518.36 to cover the cost of transportation to and from medical appointments from May 6, 2021, through July 5, 2022, according to officials. Records revealed that he was working as a real estate agent and reserve police officer in Massachusetts during that period of time, officials said. Continue article