Auburn man admits stealing $83K in workers’ comp benefits

An Auburn man admitted Wednesday to stealing more than $83,000 in workers' compensation benefits and not providing employees at his logging company with workers' compensation insurance coverage.

David Sigl, 54, pleaded guilty to three felony charges — second-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and second-degree insurance fraud. He also pleaded guilty to the workers' compensation crime of failure to secure compensation, a misdemeanor.

The charges stem from an investigation conducted by state Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott and Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann. The inquiry found that Sigl collected workers' compensation benefits beginning in early 2013 after suffering an injury while working as a heavy equipment operator for a construction firm in Syracuse.

Sigl filed documents to the state Workers' Compensation Board asserting he wasn't working while collecting the benefits, but investigators found he was operating Lake Country Logging, a small business with two employees.

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