Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane announced the arrest today of STEPHANIE L. HART, age 45, of 139 Hickory Street, Norwich, on an arrest warrant charging her with one count of Fraudulent Claim or Receipt of Benefits.
On October 11, 2016, Hart reported that she had sustained a work related knee injury while working as an oil delivery driver for Nikko Oil LLC of Canterbury, CT. From October 12, 2016 to March 1, 2017, Hart received Worker’s Compensation Temporary Total Disability benefits totaling $7,252.87 from Federated Insurance, the workers’ compensation insurer for Nikko Oil. Temporary Total Disability is defined as a claimant having zero work capacity of any kind and not earning any money outside of the disability payment itself.
In January of 2017, it came to the attention of the owner of Nikko Oil that Hart was delivering oil for another company while receiving Temporary Total Benefits from his insurer. Video surveillance conducted by Federated Insurance, in addition to security camera footage and electronic signatures at the oil terminal, showed Hart loading oil into a delivery truck on five separate occasions despite her claim that she was injured and could not perform the same duties for Nikko Oil.
Ms. Hart’s case will be prosecuted at Norwich Superior Court, G.A. #21. She was released on a written promise to appear. Her next court date is September 1, 2017. The charges against Ms. Hart are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case will be prosecuted by the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Bureau of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney in Rocky Hill.