State Wins Workers’ Comp Fraud Case

A Helena jury convicted a Ronan man Wednesday of two felony counts of theft of worker’s compensation benefits provided by the Montana State Fund.

Judge Kathy Seeley, presiding over the trial, set sentencing for April 11, 2013.  Penfield faces a possible maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $50,000  fine on each count of theft.  The State alleges that Penfield stole more than $14,000 in benefits that he was not entitled to receive and will be asking the Court at the sentencing hearing to order Penfield to pay restitution to the Montana State Fund.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox said, “Montana’s business owners pay their insurance premiums expecting that every dollar will be used to help their injured employees get back on their feet.  We’ll continue to keep a vigilant eye out for fraud in order to ensure that funds are available to help those who truly need it.”