Florida Prison Guard Charged with $2.7 Million Workers’ Comp Fraud

December 3, 2012

A former Florida prison guard is free on bond after being charged with faking illness to fraudulently collect more than $2.7 million in workers’ compensation.

Authorities said David Brownell was arrested last week in Tampa, where he lives. He was freed from the Hillsborough County Jail under a $50,000 bond.

Brownell claimed he suffered respiratory problems and was dependent on oxygen around the clock due to exposure to rats and their feces at Glades Correctional Institution in Belle Glade.

Investigators with the state Division of Insurance Fraud said video surveillance over several years disputed that claim. They include scenes of him smoking and playing guitar in a band.

Brownell was arrested wearing his oxygen mask.

His lawyer did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

 

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  • December 8, 2012 at 7:01 pm
    Carpe Diem says:
    Hope he has to marry the guy in the cell block who has the most cigarettes.
  • December 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm
    chad says:
    I think it's a misplaced decimal. $0.27 million claim is more like it.
  • December 6, 2012 at 10:00 am
    Curt says:
    WOW!!! That sure seems like a lot of money paid out for such a relatively low wage earner. It sounds like the insurance company was just being a pay clerk. I sure hope there i... read more
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