Massachusetts Prison Guard Accused of Workers’ Comp Fraud

October 29, 2010

A former Massachusetts prison guard has pleaded not guilty to charges that he ran long-distance races while collecting worker’s compensation for an on-the-job injury he said made it impossible to do strenuous activities.

John Cloutier of Freetown was released on personal recognizance at his arraignment Tuesday on worker’s compensation fraud charges in Suffolk Superior Court.

Prosecutors say Cloutier suffered a work-related injury in July 2008, and collected about $56,000 in worker’s compensation benefits between January 2009 and March.

The attorney general’s office said it received an anonymous tip that the 45-year-old Cloutier ran a half-marathon and then a full marathon the very next day in Florida in January 2009.

A home number for Cloutier could not immediately be located.

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