An Oxford man has pleaded guilty to theft by deception in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Docket, according to Attorney General Janet Mills.

Daniel H. Reavis, 53, of South Paris was found guilty of insurance fraud by stealing from MEMIC, a workers’ compensation insurer based in Portland.

Reavis’ sentencing is deferred until March 20, 2020, pursuant to the agreement with the state. Until then, he is required to pay more than $10,000 in restitution. If paid, he will serve 30 days in jail. If he fails to pay, he will serve 90 days in jail.

Reavis was working as a fuel oil delivery driver for Fielding’s Oil Co. on June 26, 2013, when he claimed to have sustained a head injury falling from his truck in Hebron. He was paid weekly compensation payments by MEMIC on behalf of his employer.

Reavis claimed that the injury was preventing him from driving a month later, but he was seen in surveillance video from September 2013 to be driving, alone, for a wine distribution business he started.

He drove the Tannery Street Wine Co. van to make deliveries to be stored throughout Oxford and Cumberland counties.

MEMIC stopped payments to Reavis once the video was uncovered, but over $16,000 had been paid to him from the date of the alleged injury.

“The workers’ compensation system was established to ensure that employees who receive injuries on the job receive fair compensation,” Mills said. “People who make fraudulent claims increase the cost of business in Maine, hurting both employers and workers.”

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