Man from Normal sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison for workers'
sentence for workers' compensation fraud in Illinois since
anti-fraud provisions first enacted in 2005
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[February 05, 2014]
CHICAGO — Illinois Department of
Insurance Director Andrew Boron announced on Monday that a recent
workers' compensation fraud investigation resulted in an 8 1/2-year
sentence for a central Illinois man. Elbert Rayford Jr., of Normal,
was sentenced on Jan. 24 to more than eight years in prison for
attempting to obtain roughly $45,000 in workers' compensation
benefits through fraud.
Rayford, a former employee of T.G. Gum Trucking in Farmer City, misrepresented
his medical condition and exaggerated his symptoms to doctors and physical
therapists in order to remain off work, collect temporary total disability
benefits and receive medical care that was no longer necessary.
compensation fraud is a crime," said Boron. "We will investigate to determine
wrongdoing and then work with law enforcement to make sure perpetrators are
prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
The investigation was conducted by the Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit of
the Department of Insurance. Video surveillance showed Rayford engaged in
activities that demonstrated that his statements to medical providers were
untrue. The case was referred to the McLean County state's attorney's office for
"We appreciate the investigation done by the Illinois Department of
Insurance, which helped bring about the successful prosecution of this case,"
said Assistant State's Attorney Jessica Woods. "The McLean County state's
attorney's office does not take the attempted misappropriation of public funds
lightly, and we were pleased to assist in bringing Mr. Rayford to justice. We
hope this sentence serves as a deterrent to anyone else who considers committing
this type of fraud."
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Eight and a half years is the longest sentence handed down for
violating the anti-fraud provisions of the Illinois Workers'
Compensation Act. The anti-fraud provisions were enacted in 2005 and
amended in 2011. The 2011 amendments included stronger sentencing
provisions, which applied to this case, based on the date Rayford
committed fraud. Rayford, who pleaded guilty, will also be required
to pay $585.38 in restitution and, as a part of his sentence, serve
two years of mandatory supervised release upon his release from
For more information about workers' compensation fraud, including
matters that may involve fraud perpetrated by a claimant, visit the
Department of Insurance website at
http://insurance.illinois.gov/WCFU/default.asp. To report an
employer, health care provider, attorney, insurance agent or
company, contact the Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit at
Illinois Department of
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