Maine state employee convicted of stealing about $15,000 in workers’ comp

Posted Sept. 19, 2012, at 9:26 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A state Transportation Department worker has been convicted of stealing thousands of dollars worth of workers’ compensation benefits by doing strenuous activities at his home when he was supposedly too hurt to work.

Clinton Ashby III of Pembroke was found guilty on Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court of theft by deception. Prosecutors say he collected about $15,000 worth of benefits last year.

Prosecutors say he was video recorded swinging a sledgehammer, using a crowbar and running heavy equipment at a home construction project while claiming to be too disabled to work at his job as a bridge maintenance engineer for the state.

Sentencing is scheduled for next week.

Ashby’s lawyer told the Kennebec Journal that the verdict was disappointing.

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