Former Medway man sentenced for workers’ compensation fraud

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 08, 2012, at 7:56 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A former Medway man received a 60-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to perjury during a hearing Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

The perjury charge brought against David A. Powers, 50, stemmed from false testimony he provided during a workers’ compensation hearing in April 2009.

Powers claimed he had not earned wages since 2006 and that he did not have earnings of any kind in 2008, Maine Attorney General William J. Schneider said Wednesday in a news release.

Powers also said that deposits to his personal bank account from a logging and land clearing company and a trucking company were for his son, not income to him for his work.

During the time he was collecting workers’ compensation benefits for a back injury, Powers was seen operating a crane and grapples as well as picking up trees and brush and feeding them into a chipping machine, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Surveillance video and Powers’ bank records showed his testimony under oath to be false.

At the time of the sentencing, Powers paid $6,000 in restitution to Acadia Insurance Co. as reimbursement for the workers’ compensation benefits he received while he was working in 2008.

“Mr. Powers fraudulently misrepresented the extent of his disability, his actual work activities and his employment income,” Schneider said. “Witnesses who lie before any tribunal, whether administrative or judicial, undermine the integrity of the process and impede our ability to make sure justice is done.”

Powers’ current hometown was not available Wednesday afternoon.

His conviction was the result of an investigation by the Attorney General’s Investigations Division. Assistant Attorney General Leanne Robbin of the Attorney General’s Criminal Division served as prosecutor.

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