Mass. ‘Big Dig’ Worker Pleads Guilty in Scam

July 7, 2005

A Big Dig worker has pleaded guilty to charges he collected workers’ compensation payments while working another job, Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly announced.

Scott Taylor, 39, of Holbrook, pleaded guilty to one count each of workers’ comp fraud and larceny over $250. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Margot Botsford placed Taylor on probation for two years and ordered him to pay restitution of $20,000 and perform 100 hours of community service.

Taylor was employed as a carpenter for Perini/Kiewit/Cashman on Aug. 31, 2000 when he injured his left thumb while working on the Central Artery Project. Shortly after his alleged injury, Taylor filed a workers’ comp claim with the National Union Fire Insurance Company, a subsidiary of the American International Group (AIG).

After reviewing Taylor’s claim, AIG began paying him disability benefits of $623.87 per week. Taylor collected the disability benefits from November 2001 to February 2004.

A subsequent IFB investigation reportedly revealed that while Taylor was collecting workers’ comp benefits from AIG, he was also employed as a contractor performing multiple renovation projects on people’s homes.

The investigation also revealed that he was performing work inconsistent with his injury claims, including video surveillance of Taylor reportedly building a deck at his cousin’s home.

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