Harrison County man arrested for workers compensation fraud

Harrison County man arrested for workers compensation fraud

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the attorney general's office

A Harrison County man has been arrested on charges of workers compensation fraud, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Richard Barry McDaniel, 53, of Gulfport, turned himself on Monday to investigators of the Attorney General's Insurance Integrity Unit at the Harrison County Sheriff's office following indictment by the Harrison County Grand Jury on three counts of workers compensation fraud.

The indictment alleges that McDaniel did "willfully, unlawfully and feloniously make false or misleading statements or representations to CastlePoint National Insurance Company, for the purpose of obtaining workers' compensation benefits, in that he did knowingly misrepresent to CastlePoint National Insurance Company, that he was not receiving a secondary income while receiving workers' compensation benefits" in the total amount of $5,126.40 while allegedly employed at another place of employment and earning an unreported salary.

McDaniel was booked into the Harrison County detention center and is currently out on a $5,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to three years for each count in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Larry Baker and investigated by Jerry Spell of the Attorney General's Public Integrity Division/Insurance Integrity Unit.