Former Alaska State Employee and Wisconsin Nurse Indicted for Worker's Compensation Fraud, Perjury and Theft
May 20, 2013
On May 17, 2013, Scott A. Groom and Laurayne K. Fischer, both currently of Wisconsin, were indicted for 93 counts of perjury, scheme to defraud, theft and falsification of business records. Of the 93 counts, 55 were against Mrs. Fischer and 38 against Mr. Groom.
Mr. Groom is a former State of Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT) employee. He worked for DOT in Fox, Alaska as an operator at a weigh station. According to labor records, Mr. Groom was injured on the job in 1999. In 2002, Mr. Groom moved to Wisconsin. In 2008, he settled his workers' compensation claim with the State of Alaska for $201,500. Under the settlement, the State agreed to provide future medical benefits.
Shortly thereafter, Mr. Groom allegedly began receiving massage treatment from Mrs. Fischer in the State of Wisconsin. Mrs. Fischer has represented that she is a certified nurse in the State of Wisconsin. The State of Alaska paid for Mr. Groom's treatments.
The indictment alleges that Mr. Groom and Mrs. Fischer submitted fraudulent workers' compensation reimbursement forms for the massage treatment. The State of Alaska alleges that Mr. Groom and Mrs. Fischer obtained, through false representations, over $20,000 worth of unauthorized workers' compensation benefits for treatment that Mr. Groom never received from Mrs. Fischer. The perjury counts stem from allegedly false statements Mrs. Fischer made during a deposition.
The indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Mr. Groom and Mrs. Fischer face sentences of up to ten years in prison and a fine of $100,000 if convicted. Sentencing is based on the judge's view of the seriousness of the crime and the offender's criminal history, if any.
CONTACT: Assistant Attorney General Charles Agerter @ (907) 269-7945 at the Office of Special Prosecutions.
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