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Montana Man to Pay Back Over $27,000 to State Workers’ Compensation Fund

David Howke recently pleaded guilty to criminal theft in Montana after he fraudulently collected two years’ worth of workers’ compensation benefits.  Along with a five-year suspended sentence, Mr. Howke will have to pay $27,478 back to the state of Montana.

Mr. Howke filed a claim in 2012 based on his assertion that a work-related injury prevented him from working his construction job.  But the state received a tip in November 2014 that he was working again and bragging about playing thirty-six holes of golf every day.

As Attorney General Tim Fox stated: “Workers’ compensation fraud is a drain on Montana businesses, and anytime we can mitigate this deceitful behavior, we’re reducing upward pressure on the costs shouldered by businesses in our state.”