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James J. Wrynn    Superintendent of Insurance    25 Beaver Street  New York, N.Y. 10004

ISSUED 6/21/2010FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ONEIDA COUNTY MECHANIC ORDERED TO MAKE $24,570 RESTITUTION

An Oneida County auto mechanic who fraudulently collected $24,570 in workers' compensation benefits was sentenced to make full restitution after pleading guilty to lying about injuries he claimed left him unable to work, the New York State Insurance Department reported.

Ronald J. Snyder, 41, of State Route 49, North Bay, was sentenced in Oneida County Court. In addition to paying restitution for the wage replacement benefits he accepted, he was ordered to serve five years' probation.

Snyder admitted violating the Workers' Compensation Law. He was accused of filing false documents with the New York State Insurance Fund claiming that job-related injuries he suffered in 2003 and 2004 left him unable to work while he was actually employed as a mechanic.

A joint investigation by the Insurance Department's Frauds Bureau, the Insurance Fund and the New York State Workers' Compensation Board Office of Fraud Inspector General led to Snyder's arrest in August 2009.

 
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