UTICA – A truck driver from Lee Center has pleaded guilty to perjury for receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits he wasn’t entitled to, according to New York State Workers’ Compensation Fraud Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott.
Roger Decker Jr., 48, pleaded guilty to third-degree perjury in Utica City Court on Wednesday.
Decker was charged back in June with the felonies of third-degree falsifying business records, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree insurance fraud, first-degree perjury, and third-degree grand larceny.
According to Leahy Scott, Decker was injured while he was working for an Oneida County trucking company in 2004, and shortly afterward he stopped working and started collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits. Leahy Scott says Decker repeatedly submitted falsified forms to the state Workers’ Compensation Board and to his physician in 2016 and 2017, and he testified that he hadn’t worked in more than a decade when he actually worked for at least two trucking companies during that time.
Leahy Scott says Decker received $7,875.08 in Workers’ Compensation benefits in 2016 that he wasn’t entitled to.
In late 2017, Decker also applied for a highway maintenance job with the New York State Department of Transportation and submitted documents saying he had never been injured while working, according to Leahy Scott. He was then fired from that position when he was arrested in June.
After pleading guilty in Utica City Court, Decker was released on his own recognizance and he is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 18.
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