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Thruway worker charged with fraud after installing pools

Installing swimming pools over the summer got a Thruway worker on disability in hot water.

State Inspector General Leahy Scott said Dean Anthony, 49, of Sanborn, is charged with defrauding the Workers' Compensation system by collecting more than $5,000 in insurance benefits.

Anthony had been receiving Workers' Compensation benefits since allegedly suffering a debilitating injury in May while moving a Thruway guardrail, Scott said. But from June through August, he was seen installing and servicing swimming pools while claiming a disability made him unable to return to work at the Thruway, the IG alleged. During that time he collected $491.68 a week in benefits.

Anthony was arraigned in Cambria Town Court on three felonies: third-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and fraudulent practices. He is to return for another appearance Feb. 6.

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