Man pleads guilty in worker’s compensation fraud case

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AUGUSTA — A Medway man has been sentenced to two months in jail after pleading guilty to lying to investigators in order to get $6,000 in worker’s compensation benefits to which he was not entitled.

David Powers admitted to a perjury charge this week.

Prosecutors say the 50-year-old Powers in a workers’ compensation hearing in April 2009 claimed he had not earned wages since 2006 and that he did not have earnings of any kind in 2008. He said money deposited into his bank account was his son’s earnings.

During that time he was collecting workers’ compensation benefits for a back injury he was seen operating a crane and grapples as well as picking up trees and brush and feeding them into a chipping machine.

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Powers has paid $6,000 in restitution.

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