Former public housing employee accused of filing false workers' comp claim

IG says Hector Gregorio received more than $8,000 in false benefits

Hector Gregorio is accused of filing a false workers' compensation claim.

MIAMI – A former Miami-Dade County public housing employee was arrested Thursday, accused of filing a false workers' compensation claim.

Hector Gregorio, 64, faces one count of workers' compensation misrepresentation and eight counts of grand theft. All are third-degree felonies.

According to a memorandum from Miami-Dade County Inspector General Mary T. Cagle, Gregorio was injured in March 2011 when a refrigerator fell on him while working for the county's Public Housing and Community Development.

Cagle said Gregorio was examined and treated by two physicians, who diagnosed him as having an 18 percent disability impairment, but Gregorio submitted forged physician reports to the county, claiming that he was permanently disabled because of the work-related injury.

The inspector general said Gregorio received $8,038.44 in benefits as a result of the false claim.

Gregorio was being held on a $4,500 bond at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

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