Retired Meriden Police Officer Charged With Workers' Compensation Fraud

A retired Meriden officer was arrested for workers' compensation fraud for which he collected more than $34,000 in disability benefits for a knee injury, police said in a statement.

Leighton Gibbs, 54, of Meriden, was arrested on Monday for allegedly failing to disclose the complete circumstances surrounding his knee injury. 

Gibbs received more than $34,000 in workers' compensation benefits after reporting a hurt knee in March 2011. The former officer did not report that he injured his kneed outside of work, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. 

He is expected to appear in court on Jan. 20 and has been released from police custody. Workers' compensation fraud is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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