MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A retired Meriden police officer has been charged with workers’ compensation fraud. Fifty four-year-old Leighton Gibbs was arrested Monday by inspectors form the workers’ compensation fraud control unit of the Chief State’s Attorney.
The arrest followed an investigation into a complaint filed by the city of Meriden. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Gibbs received more than $34,000 in Workers’ Compensation benefits after he reported injuring his knee when reporting to work on March 13, 2011.
The investigation revealed, however, that Gibbs did not report to doctors or his employer that he had, in fact, injured his knee outside of work the previous day. Gibbs retired from the Meriden Police Department in 2012.
Workers’ Compensation Fraud is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.