Hartford employee arrested for illegally collecting unemployment

Jason Lewis. (Photo); CT Division of Criminal Justice.

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Hartford recycling employee was arrested today and charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud for collecting benefits for a supposed on-the-job injury that allegedly actually occurred when he punched a hole in the wall at his then-girlfriend’s apartment, according CT Division of Criminal Justice.

Jason Lewis, of Hartford, was arrested by Inspectors from the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and charged with one count of fraudulent claim or receipt of benefits and one count of larceny in the first-degree.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Lewis reported on Dec. 7, 2015 that he was injured three days earlier while working as a city sanitation worker picking up recyclable materials in Hartford. He filed a Workers’ Compensation claim against the City of Hartford and Travelers Insurance and subsequently collected more than $9,600 in benefits and $20,500 in medical costs.

Investigation determined that Lewis broke his right hand by punching a wall during an argument with the mother of his child. The woman confirmed that Lewis sustained the injury when he punched a wall and a mirror in her apartment, the warrant states.

Lewis was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and will appear in Hartford Superior Court on Nov. 4, 2016.