Newtown woman accused of taking $57k in fraudulent workers compensation

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Ann Marie Cordisco, 41, of Newtown was charged with fraudulent claim or receipt of benefits, first degree larceny by defrauding a public community and perjury Tuesday.

Ann Marie Cordisco, 41, of Newtown was charged with fraudulent claim or receipt of benefits, first degree larceny by defrauding a public community and perjury Tuesday.

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NEWTOWN — A Newtown woman employed at New Fairfield’s Board of Education was charged Tuesday with illegally collecting more than $57,000 worth of workers’ compensation, according to the state’s Division of Criminal Justice.

In September 2018, 41-year-old Ann Marie Cordisco of Newtown said she injured her left foot, ankle and knee as she exited a school bus, according to DCJ.

At the time, she was a supervisor of pupil personnel services for the Town of New Fairfield Board of Education. Cordisco was placed on temporary disability and received benefits from the school board, according to DCJ.

During that time, Cordisco was considered to have “zero work capacity” and was required to inform her employer of any improvements to her injuries and if she received any income beyond the benefits, DCJ said.

From Sept. 26, 2018, to April 29, 2019, Cordisco received $57,903 worth of workers’ compensation benefits, according to the division.

However, surveillance videos and documentation showed “activities that were not consistent with Cordisco’s claimed injuries,” according to DCJ

Cordisco was charged with fraudulent claim or receipt of benefits, first degree larceny by defrauding a public community and perjury, the division said.

Cordisco was released on a $10,000 bond Tuesday and is scheduled to appear in Danbury Superior Court on Sept. 23, 2021.