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The New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud mined reports from the New York State Insurance Department Frauds Bureau and struck fool’s gold. From an embarrassment of riches, they selected a roster of New York’s Most Foolish Fraudsters for 2009.

Most Brazen

Under the Most Brazen heading was a 57-year-old Herkimer County man charged in December 2009 with wrongfully receiving nearly $47,000 in workers’ compensation benefits while working as a disc jockey for a Utica strip club. The ill-gotten monies spanned five years, but the case itself dated back to an accident two-decades old. “[The defendant]was injured in 1986 while working as a painter for a Central New York cheese company, and he has previously denied in three separate written statements to the State Insurance Fund (SIF) that he had returned to work,” a Utica, New York news article on the case quoted officials as saying.

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