Montevallo man convicted of workers' comp fraud

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - A Montevallo man was convicted by a Shelby County jury in a worker's compensation fraud case.

Alabama Attorney General Troy King, in a statement Thursday to FOX6 News, said Robert Burrows, 44, was convicted Wednesday in Shelby County Circuit Court on two counts of making a false statement to receive workers' compensation benefits and one count of theft of property.

King's office said Burrows misrepresented an injury he received while working at an auto parts store, when a board hit him and bruised his forehead. Video evidence demonstrated Burrows lied to a workers' compensation doctor about the extent and duration of his injury.  King said Burrows received approximately $2,000 in benefits in April and May of 2007.

"It is a crime for someone to misrepresent an injury in order to get workers' compensation funds longer than he should," said King. "I am pleased that the jury returned a guilty verdict and that this defendant will be held accountable for his crime."

King said Burrows is scheduled to be sentenced on January 4, 2010. All three offenses are class C felonies, each punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $6,000.