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ISSUED 12/16/2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PAINTER ARRESTED FOR ILLEGALLY COLLECTING $9,200 IN BENEFITS

Michael Tripoli, 48, of 359 Liberty Ave., Rochester, was arrested Thursday for fraudulently collecting more than $9,200 in workers’ compensation benefits. He was charged with insurance fraud and workers’ compensation fraud.

Tripoli began collecting benefits after suffering a job-related arm and shoulder injury in January 2007. He claimed he could not work because of the injury, but was later discovered working as a painting sub-contractor throughout 2007 and 2008.

He was arrested by Rochester and state police after an investigation by William Fedrau of the New York State Insurance Department’s Frauds Bureau and the New York State Insurance Fund. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison. The case is being prosecuted by Monroe County Assistant District Attorney William Gargan.

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