Police officer commits workers’ compensation fraud

(Image: courtesy of the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice)

MADISON, Conn. (WTNH) — A former Madison police officer was arrested and charged with worker’s compensation fraud after claiming to have a serious injury, and vigorously working out at a Hamden fitness center.

Following an investigation into a complaint filed by the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency, Robert Zeidenberg, 48 of Fox Den Way in Woodbridge, was arrested and charged on Monday for one count each of workers’ compensation fraud and perjury. The agency provides workers’ compensation coverage to municipalities including Madison.

Zeidenberg resigned from the Madison Police Department in November, the warrant states, and he was released on a promise to appear in New Haven Superior Court on December 29, 2015.

Inspectors from the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the State’s Attorney issued the arrest warrant affidavit and made the arrest. According to the affidavit, Zeidenberg was on paid leave due to what he claimed was a debilitating injury suffered on July 3, 2015. The injury, Zeidenberg claimed, left him not only unfit to work, but to drive.

A report from the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney says that while out of work, Zeidenberg was observed working out at a Hamden fitness center lifting heavy weights.

The charges, if convicted, are punishable by a potential total sentence of 20 years in prison.

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