FAIRFIELD — A former Rio Vista hardware store employee was ordered Monday to pay nearly $50,000 to an insurance company for medical and legal costs arising from a 2007 fall from a pile of lumber.
William A. Light pleaded no contest Monday to a misdemeanor insurance fraud charge.
Light agreed in a plea deal with prosecutors to reimburse Zenith Insurance for the costs they racked up between 2007 and 2013. Light was given informal probation after he agreed to pay Zenith at least $250 a month for the next five years. Prosecutors agreed to drop felony insurance fraud and felony perjury charges in exchange for the plea.
Light had worked at the Ace Hardware for less than three months when the fall occurred Sept. 14, 2007. After a few weeks off work, Light returned to work for a few more months until he went off work again after claiming he reinjured himself while tinkering with a store forklift. By May 2008, the lingering pain led Light to insist he could no longer work, even at a job with light duties offered by Ace, according to court records.
The insurance company for Ace investigated Light’s case.
In 2011, Light underwent a sworn deposition by insurance lawyers and Light repeatedly said he had no pre-existing injuries related to his 2007 injuries. During the deposition, Light did say he had been previously convicted of drunken driving for an October 2004 rollover accident. But Light did not mention the six months of medical treatment after the crash and all the chronic pain he suffered that was the same as what he claimed was caused from his 2007 injury.
Light was still on felony probation for the drunken driving crash when he was working for Ace.
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