York Springs man charged with Workers’ Comp fraud

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A York Springs man is charged with fraud after authorities say he lied on his workers’ compensation claims. Robert Fowler, 60, has been receiving workers’ compensation benefits since 1999, when he was injured on the job at the Defense Industrial Plant Equipment Center in Mechanicsburg. To receive benefits, recipients have to file paperwork periodically to confirm they still are entitle to receive payments.

The charges filed today stem from paperwork Fowler filed in which he said he was not incarcerated during the prior 15 months for a felony and was residing with his wife. In fact, Fowler was in the Adams County Jail between September 2012 and July 2013 and had not resided with his wife between October 2010 and March 2014. As a result of the false statements, Fowlerreceived $24,934.18 which he was not entitled to receive.

If convicted, Fowler faces up to five years’ imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and restitution. A plea agreement was also filed indicating that Fowler intends to plead guilty when he appears for his arraignment in federal court. The plea agreement is subject to approval by the Court