January 10, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today a Jasper County jury has found Jeffrey Lynn Galardo, 51, guilty of workers’ compensation fraud: making a false or fraudulent statement or representation for the purpose of obtaining a benefit.
Koster said the jury handed down their guilty verdict after hearing evidence that Galardo, who was seeking treatment for a workplace injury, fraudulently completed an intake questionnaire at Freeman OccuMed Hospital in Joplin, stating that he had no previous injuries to his back or shoulder. Evidence included medical records of at least six prior injuries to Galardo’s back and shoulder during the most recent five-year period prior to the misrepresentation. By suggesting to medical personnel evaluating his workers’ compensation claim that he had no prior injuries, Galardo was attempting to obtain benefits to which he may not have been entitled.
Evidence at trial also included the fact that Galardo has two prior felony convictions for burglary and possession of a controlled substance.
“This office takes seriously its obligations to our state’s business community, and individuals who try to defraud our workers’ compensation system undermine a sound business climate,” Koster said.
Koster said the case went to trial on January 6, 2011, and Assistant Attorney Generals Lauren Barrett and Mary Delworth represented the state. The Attorney General’s Office prosecutes workers’ compensation fraud and non-compliance crimes across the state.
Judge Richard Copeland has set Galardo’s sentencing for February 25, 2011.