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Auburn Man Steals Workers’ Compensation Benefits

David Sigl of Auburn, NY recently pleaded guilty to stealing over $83,000 in workers’ compensation benefits as well as not providing his employees at his logging company workers’ compensation insurance coverage.

Mr. Sigl pleaded guilty to three felony charges (second-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, and second-degree insurance fraud) and a misdemeanor for failure to secure compensation for his workers.

He began collecting workers’ compensation benefits in 2013 after suffering an injury while working for a construction company in Syracuse.  He asserted that he was not working while collecting benefits, but he was operating Lake Country Logging, a small company with two employees.

Mr. Sigl earned more than $150,000 from his ownership of Lake Country Logging and collected more than $83,000 in workers’ compensation benefits to which he was not entitled.