April 23, 2013 —
District Attorney Jim Farrell announced that on Friday April 12, 2013, a Town of Rockland trial jury returned verdicts of guilty against Michael Jaindl, 49, of Roscoe, NY on five counts of Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree and one count of attempting to violate Workman’s Compensation Law Section 114-a.
Jaindl was arrested after an investigation by the New York State Insurance Fund and the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office. The trial was presided over by Judge Peter Feinberg and the case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Bonnie Mitzner.
Farrell said from June, 2009 through January, 2010, Jaindl filed five different claim forms with the New York State Insurance Fund in which he represented that he was not working due to an injury that had occurred in 1995 while he was working as a mechanic at Robert Green Chevrolet and which resulted in his being paid worker’s compensation benefits totaling over $7,000.00.
The evidence against Jaindl showed that his representations were false and he was working and included videos taken by fraud investigators that showed him working at Pantore’s Garage in the Town of Rockland.
In addition, investigators had their cars serviced at Pantore’s Garage by Jaindl on several different occasions. Farrell said, “Fraud prosecutions like this are very important – important to the integrity of the worker’s compensation system and important to the employees who are really legitimately injured and need the benefits the system guarantees. Those individuals who defraud the system should know they will be investigated and brought to justice.”
Sentencing is scheduled for June 6, 2013. Jaindl faces up to two years in jail when sentenced. Farrell said he will seek to have Jaindl pay full restitution to the state insurance fund.