“Thurston County man caught in bar fight accused of workers’ comp fraud”
- Editor’s note: Why is Yelm in the news so frequently for unusual citizen malfeasance?
“A Yelm man received $1,000 for an injury he claimed he got on the job, all while boasting online about a bar fight that investigators say caused the injury.”
“A Thurston County man is accused of passing a bar fight off as a workplace accident after investigators found he filed a fraudulent claim to receive medical compensation for the injury.
“Yelm resident Chuck Riccio filed a claim in fall 2018 that alleged he hurt his hand while pulling apart a shower unit at his job at a bathware manufacturer. Multiple witnesses confirmed Riccio got into a bar fight and hurt the hand after punching his opponent.
“Riccio received more than $1,000 in benefits to treat the injury.
“On Friday [Jan. 3], a Thurston County judge issued an arrest warrant for Riccio. He was expected to be charged with second-degree theft but did not show up to court,” by KING-5 TV News, Seattle. Read more