Aroostook County man found guilty of workers’ comp fraud

Posted April 18, 2014, at 6:20 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — On Friday, an Aroostook County trial jury convicted Stephen Tucker Sr., 63, of the theft of more than $10,000 in workers’ compensation benefits.

Tucker of Monticello received more than $45,000 in benefits from the Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company from July 2009 through February 2012 by claiming that he could not work because of a hand injury he suffered in 2006 while working at Brewer’s Service Station in Mars Hill, according to a news release issued by the Maine attorney general’s office.

However, Tucker opened his own small engine repair business — Littleton Service — in Littleton in January 2009. The attorney general’s office said evidence gathered during its investigation showed that Tucker was performing many physical tasks in connection with his business that were inconsistent with his testimony before the Maine workers’ compensation board.

“My office will continue to work with other state agencies to pursue those who would cheat and steal, no matter who or where they are or what they do for work,” Attorney General Janet Mills said. “In these difficult times, all Mainers must pay their fair share.”

Tucker was convicted of Class B theft, a felony crime punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a fine of $20,000.

The case has been continued for sentencing at a future date. Assistant Attorney General Leanne Robbin prosecuted the case against Tucker for the attorney general’s office.

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