EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) - A Madison County grand jury indicted a former Maryville police officer Thursday for allegedly filing false worker's compensation claims.
According to Madison County State's Attorney Thomas Gibbons, Richard Turner worked as an officer in the Maryville Police Department between November 2003 and October 2011. In February 2009, Turner claimed he suffered a back injury while on the job.
As a result of his claim, Richard Turner received worker's compensation from the Village of Maryville (over $38,000), and the insurance carrier covered all medical expenses relating to the treatment of said injury (over $150,000).
Gibbons said investigators suspected Turner had lied about claims and ultimately determined his back injury was not sustained while on duty.
Richard Turner was charged with two counts of theft and two counts of unlawful violation of the Workers Compensation Act.
If convicted on all four counts, Turner faces between 9 and 28 years in prison.