New Paltz Officer Pleads Guilty to Attempted Workman’s Comp FraudNov 28th, 2012 | By HV Insider | Category: Featured Articles
Camille Bishop, 40, of Saugerties, pled guilty last week in Ulster County Court to Attempted Workers Compensation Fraudulent Practices.
Bishop, a police officer with the Town of New Paltz, had joined the force in late 2004. In her application for employment, she denied any prior back injury. However, within one year of joining the force,Bishop went out on medical leave due to an alleged back injury she suffered while moving a tree which had fallen in a roadway. For most of the next four years, Bishop remained on paid medical leave claiming disability from this back injury. In 2009, Ulster County workers’ compensation insurance plan officials discovered that Bishop had suffered a back injury in a 2001 motor vehicle accident, which had required treatment for over a year and a half following the accident. Bishop had not disclosed this injury in her New Paltz Police Department application. When questioned during the worker’s compensation review, Ms. Bishop denied any recollection of this 2001 back injury.
As a result of her conviction, Bishop has had to resign from her position with the Town of New Paltz Police and will have to repay a significant portion of her salary back to the Town.
Workers’ Compensation Board Chairman Robert E. Beloten said: “The Workers’ Compensation Board works aggressively to protect the integrity of the system from abuse. In this case, our Fraud Inspector General worked with the New Paltz Police Department and the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office to identify and prosecute an individual who made a fraudulent claim. We will continue our efforts with law enforcement partners to protect the system for those who need it.” District Attorney Holley Carnright indicated that this prosecution furthers his goal of ending abuse of our government-provided system of benefits, especially by a public official, and thanked the investigative staff of the Workers’ Compensation Board for their invaluable assistance.
Sentencing of Ms. Bishop has been scheduled for February 5, 2013 in Ulster County Court. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Joshua Povill.