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June 12, 2000

State orders former Kent resident to repay $21,000 in fraud case

TUMWATER - The state has ordered a 42-year-old man, formerly of Kent, to pay back more than $21,000 after an investigation showed that he collected workers' compensation benefits illegally for several months.

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) ordered Vincent Bolt - currently living in Phoenix, AZ - to repay $14,550 in benefits collected fraudulently from Nov. 17, 1998 through April 29, 1999. State law allows for an additional 50 percent penalty, bringing the repayment order to $21,825.

Bolt was receiving workers' compensation benefits for a June 26, 1995 on-the-job injury he sustained while working as a truck driver for All American Transportation Inc. of Puyallup.

An investigation showed that Bolt had been working as a car salesman and truck driver in Arizona while he was receiving workers' compensation benefits. During that period, Bolt submitted documentation to the department stating that he was not working and was eligible for disability benefits.

Labor & Industries manages the state's workers' compensation system. It provides coverage for about 160,000 employers and 1.8 million workers.

Anyone who suspects fraudulent activity may report it anonymously to L&I by calling 360-902-5153 or online at fraud.lni.wa.gov.

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