AUGUSTA — A former mental health worker at Riverview Psychiatric Center is accused of defrauding the state of more than $10,000 in payments after he allegedly falsely reported he was injured by a patient there.

Ahmad Khansari Nejad, 61, of Lewiston, was indicted Thursday by a grand jury in Kennebec County on one charge of theft by deception.

An indictment is not a determination of guilt, but it indicates that there is enough evidence to proceed with formal charges and a trial.

The indictment against Nejad says that he fraudulently received money and payments for medical services Jan. 5 through April 5, 2018, by giving the false impression that “he was attacked and pushed violently to the floor by the patient” and was seriously injured and unable to work.