PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was arraigned in City Court Friday on multiple felony charges for allegedly receiving workers compensation benefits he was not entitled to.
Joseph A. Brunell Sr., 54, was charged with third-degree grand larceny, three counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and workers compensation fraudulent practices, all felonies, according to the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.
An investigation by the DA’s Office, the New York State Insurance Fund and the Department of Financial Services Criminal Investigation Unit alleges he collected $10,740 in benefits while he continued to work but failed to report his employment status.
He appeared before Judge Mark Rogers and was released under the supervision of the Clinton County Probation Department.
Brunell is scheduled to reappear in City Court on Wednesday, Aug. 22.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Katherine Kopita. Brunell is represented by Heather Maure.
The DA’s Office encourages anyone with knowledge of any type of revenue fraud to leave an anonymous tip at www.clintoncountyda.com.
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