A state employee in Connecticut is facing charges that she played professional football while she was out of work for a purported job-related injury.
Inspectors from the chief state's attorney's office arrested Corynthia D. Simpson of Middletown and charged her with two counts of fraudulent claim or receipt of workers' compensation benefits and one count of forgery in the third degree.
State officials say that Simpson was out of work and received workers' compensation benefits after she claimed she was injured on the job at the Juvenile Training School, where she has been employed as a youth services officer since July 2004.
At the same time as she was collecting workers' compensation benefits, Simpson was also playing tackle football for the Connecticut Crush of the National Women's Football Association, says the chief state's attorney's office. Simpson played as a defensive and offensive lineman for the Crush in 2006, which was her rookie season.
Inspectors allege that Simpson played in a game on June 3, 2006, two days after she said she was injured on the job. Apparently, Simpson played a good game, making 10 tackles.
State officials also allege that Simpson altered a form filed in connection with her workers' compensation case to change the date on which she was supposed to return to work.
Fraudulent receipt of workers' compensation benefits carries a maximum prison term of 20 years. Forgery in the third degree carries a maximum term of 5 years incarceration.
Source: Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice