Trinity Man Sentenced in Workers Compensation Fraud Case
He pleaded guilty to making a false statement in connection with his workers compensation benefits, the U.S. Attorney said.
TAMPA – A Trinity man was sentenced to five years’ probation for making a false statement in connection with his workers compensation benefits, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.
Gary W. Rochevot, 72, of Trinity. will serve the first six months of his five years’ probation on home detention. As part of Rochevot’s sentence, the court also ordered him to pay $123,434.89 in restitution. He pleaded guilty March 23.
According to court documents, Rochevot was placed on the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Worker’s Compensation Program’s long-term periodic role in February 2005 because of a 2004 work-related injury at the Orlando International Airport. Thereafter, he received a tax-free payment from the OWCP of approximately $5,500 per month.
As a benefit recipient, Rochevot was required to complete and submit an OWCP CA-Form 1032 annually. The Department of Labor uses this form to determine whether an individual is entitled to receive OWCP benefits and/or whether such benefits should be adjusted. The form includes a specific warning that a false or evasive answer to any question, or the omission of an answer, could be grounds for forfeiting the compensation benefits and could subject the individual to civil liability. The warning language also specifically notes that a fraudulent answer could, among other consequences, result in criminal prosecution.
In September 2016, Rochevot completed and submitted the annual CA-Form 1032, as required. In response to one of the form’s questions concerning volunteer work, he answered that he had not performed any volunteer work during the previous 15 months. That material answer was false because Rochevot had previously worked as a volunteer “cart driver/greeter” for a large hospital, where he had routinely worked one day per week, including during September 2016.
In addition, federal agents observed Rochevot engaging in routine physical activity throughout 2016, including yardwork, automobile maintenance, house maintenance, and routine errands (some of which involved heavy lifting).
In October 2016, shortly after submitting the false CA-Form 1032, Rochevot also provided false answers to direct questions concerning his health status during a telephone call with a federal agent.
This case was investigated by the Transportation Security Administration Investigations.
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