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Bar Brawl or Workplace Injury? Washington Man Charged in Workers’ Compensation Fraud Case


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According to KING 5, Chuck Riccio of Yelm, Washington filed a workers’ compensation claim in the fall of 2018 after sustaining a hand injury while allegedly pulling apart a shower unit while working for a bathware manufacturer and received $1,000 in benefits for treatment.

Randy Littlefield, Chief of Investigations for Labor & Industries stated, “This case, from the beginning, just smelled bad.”

Investigators spoke with multiple witnesses who confirmed that Riccio got into a bar fight and sustained the hand injury punching his opponent. KING 5 reported that, “Evidence obtained by investigators details text messages sent by Riccio indicating he knew exactly what he was doing, at one point texting a photo of his bandaged hand with the message, ‘Now L&I (Labor and Industries) will cover it.’” Furthermore, and HERE’S THE KICKER, on August 27th, 2018, Riccio posted to his personal Facebook account that he got into a bar fight.

An arrest warrant for Riccio was issued last month and he would have been charged with second degree theft, however, Riccio did not appear for court.

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