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Niagara Falls man charged with worker’s comp fraud

NIAGARA FALLS – James Reagle, 55, of LaSalle Avenue, was arrested Friday for allegedly cheating the state worker’s compensation system out of more than $82,000 over a 13-year period.

In announcing the arrest of Reagle, a former Lockport plastic company worker, State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott said the state Department of Financial Services and the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office found he allegedly earned $369,513 as a self-employed recycler of wooden pallets while illegally collecting worker’s compensation following a 1990 workplace injury.

Reagle pleaded not guilty to felony charges of second-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree insurance fraud and the workers’ compensation crime of fraudulent practices during arraignment in Niagara Falls City Court. He was ordered to return to court for further proceedings Jan. 28.