A former Maryville police officer was indicted on three counts after allegedly making a false workers' compensation claim.
Richard A. Turner, 43, will face the charges after a grand jury indicted him for a 2009 incident in which he said he injured his back while working. He received $38,000 in compensation from Maryville and more than $150,000 from the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association because of his claims.
"This was an individual who was supposed to be working to protect the village of Maryville and their residents," Madison County State's Attorney Thomas Gibbons said. "The law applies to everyone and we will work to ensure that anyone who steals from the public is held accountable for their actions."
Investigators from the Maryville Police Department began a probe after they began to suspect that Turner's injury did not happen while he was working.
Turner was charged with two counts of theft, one a Class 1 and the other a Class 2 felony, and two counts of violating the Workers' Compensation Act, a Class 4 felony.
If convicted, the penalty for a Class 1 felony is four to 15 years in prison. For a Class 2 felony the penalty is three to seven years and for a Class 4 felony the penalty is one to three years in prison.
Turner worked for Maryville from November 2003 until he resigned in October 2011.
Bail was set at $10,000 for Turner by Circuit Judge Rich Tognarelli.
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