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A 30-year-old psychiatric facility worker in New York falsified documents for extra time off and additional workers compensation cash to go on a kayaking trip in the Caribbean, among other excursions, the New York State Inspector General’s office announced Monday.
An investigation of Ryan P. Haley, a security hospital treatment assistant at the Central New York Psychiatric Center in Marcy, New York, found that he booked his trips to Puerto Rico and California to visit and work with his girlfriend before claiming a back re-injury, according to a press release.
Specifically, Mr. Haley filed two claims in 2016 saying he still could not work after an October 2015 work-related back injury. In 2016 alone he received nearly $2,700 in benefits. Investigators also found that while he was in Puerto Rico, he signed a medical release form for the kayak excursion certifying that he was physically fit and had no back injury.
“This defendant is accused of a contemptuous fraud in which he feigns being too injured to work while paddling a kayak on a Caribbean retreat,” said Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott in a press statement.
Mr. Haley was charged with multiple felonies including grand larceny, falsifying business records, insurance fraud and workers comp crime of fraudulent practices. He was also charged with abusing a patient at the facility in May 2017 after an altercation.