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Correctional officer arrested and charged with compensation fraud, larceny and perjury

Between May 2021 and July 2022, Hubbard allegedly received over $86,000 in Worker's Compensation and other benefits.
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CONNECTICUT, USA — A Massachusetts man was arrested and charged with illegally collecting Workers' Compensation and transportation benefits amounting to $86,648.08 while working at the Connecticut Department of Correction as a Correctional Officer. 

Matthew Hubbard, 54, of Agawam Massachusetts was arrested on a warrant Tuesday by the inspectors from the Workers' Compensation Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney. 

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The warrant charged Hubbard with one count of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community, one count of Fraudulent Claim or Receipt of Benefits, and one count of Perjury. 

According to an affidavit, on August 7, 2020, Hubbard was injured while responding to a code report as a correction officer. 

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Hubbard was placed on Temporary Total Disability and began receiving TTD payments from the state of Connecticut. During that time period of TTD, the recipient is considered to have no work capacity, must inform of improvements in the injuries, and must report any income beyond the benefits.

Between May 6, 2021, and July 5, 2022, Hubbard received TTD Worker's Compensation benefits in the amount of $74,129.72 and an additional $12,518.36 for transportation costs to and from medical appointments. 

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But documentation showed that while Hubbard was receiving TTD benefits, he was also working as a real estate agent and a reserve police officer in Massachusetts. 

Hubbard turned himself in at the Rocky Hill Police Department. He was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court. 

Jareliz Diaz is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at jdiaz@fox61.com

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