Former BIW employee sentenced to probation for wire fraud


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Michael Collins, 63, received nearly $ 13,000 from Bath Iron Works after he said a work-related injury in 2018 left him totally disabled.

PORTLAND, Maine – Editor’s note: The above video aired on October 21, 2021.

A former Bath Iron Works electrician who pleaded guilty to filing a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim was sentenced to three years probation on Thursday.

Under a plea deal, Michael Collins, 63, of Scarborough, was also ordered to pay BIW $ 12,683 in restitution, according to a statement from Assistant US Attorney Daniel J. Perry.

Collins filed a claim in May 2018 under the Dockworkers and Portworkers Compensation Act, claiming he suffered a work-related accident that left him totally disabled.

BIW did not contest the claim and began paying Collins’ benefits and medical treatment costs until September 2018, when the claims adjuster began to suspect that Collins may have continued to work while ‘he claimed to be totally disabled.

A private investigator conducted surveillance for several months, which revealed Collins worked in Cumberland County as an independent electrician under the name Bear Electric and Alarm Co., according to prosecutors.

On January 7, 2019, Collins claimed on a form that he had no income from employment or self-employment.

BIW suffered a loss of $ 12,683.

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