Donna Bricault of Webster, Mass. has been placed on probation and ordered to pay restitution after admitting to workers’ compensation fraud and perjury. She collected $5,000 in workers’ compensation benefits while she was also operating a home run day care center. The Telegram also reports Ms. Bricault confessed to lying under oath when she told the state Department of Industrial Accidents she had no income for the previous six months.
Ms. Bricault started receiving workers’ compensation after she was injured at Laboratory Corporation of America on June 29, 2005 and continued to receive payments until she was laid off in August of that same year. After unemployment benefits ended, workers’ compensation payments kicked in again from March 2006 to September 2007. She opened the day care in March of 2007 and began earning income that way while still collecting workers’ compensation, even though she had signed an Employee Earnings Report stating she had no other income within the past six months.
“Workers’ compensation fraud leads to higher insurance premiums that are passed down to consumers,” Attorney General Coakley said. “Despite running her own business, the defendant continued to collect benefits and lied to authorities about her earnings.”
Sentenced on September 3, 2013, Ms. Bricault has a shot of getting off her five year probation in two years if she pays her court ordered restitution of $5,275 within that time.
We all pay the price of fraud, whether it is through higher premium rates or higher costs of services and products associated with the expenses surrounding fraud cases. You can anonymously report suspected fraud by calling 1-800-TEL-NICB or accessing www.nicb.org.