A Livingston County woman has been arrested on charges she falsified injuries and feigned the use of a cane to fraudulently obtain more than $27,000 in workers’ compensation benefits to which she was not entitled.
Weipert, 51, of Genesee St.,, Mount Morris, was arraigned in Mount
Morris Village Court on charges of third degree grand larceny, third
degree insurance fraud, first degree falsifying business records and the
Workers’ Compensation Charge of fraudulent practices, all felonies.
An investigation by Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott found Weipert reported she was injured
August 2013 while unpacking a printer at the Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES
where she worked as a computer service assistant. Since then, Weipert
has been receiving weekly workers’ compensation benefits while
repeatedly asserting to medical examiners that she was unable to work,
sit or stand for prolonged periods, and that she needs a cane to walk.
investigation, which included a review of her social media activity,
found she used a cane only when attending medical exams or a hearing
before the State Worker’s Compensation Board, and that at other times
she engaged in normal activities without any apparent impairment.
say Weipert was separately observed by law enforcement officers in her
hometown walking without any limp or cane, and in the fall of 2015 filed
documents with her employer’s workers compensation administrator
attesting that she was unable to work and had difficulty driving and
walking because of her injury.
has been receiving workers’ compensation benefits in the amount of $585
per week and since being observed without any impairment, received more
than $27,000 in benefits to which she was allegedly not entitled.