A crackdown on people receiving fraudulent Workers' Compensation benefits has led to the arrest of 13 people from eight counties — including a Wayland woman.

A crackdown on people receiving fraudulent Workers' Compensation benefits has led to the arrest of 13 people from eight counties — including a Wayland woman.

According to the New York State Insurance Department, many of the accused were working side jobs while collecting benefits for injuries they pretended left them physically unable to work.

"It's always wrong when people take benefits they don't deserve and it's particularly troubling now because resources are scarce in today's economy,” said Insurance Superintendent James Wrynn, in a prepared statement. “Workers' Compensation benefits need to go to people who are legitimately entitled to receive them and not to those who would cheat the system.”

The only arrest from Steuben County was Linda Fox, 59, of Wayland, who is accused of fraudulently collecting $10,000 while running a ceramic supply store. According to the Insurance Department, Fox admitted she owned the business after being shown surveillance videos recorded by investigators which contradicted her previous statements that she was not working. Fox was charged with the third-degree insurance fraud — a class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.

No arrests were reported in Livingston or Allegany counties.

In Monroe County, Daniel Fauth, 53, of Webster, faces a charge of Workers' Compensation fraud for collecting $716 in benefits. Fauth was arrested when investigators captured surveillance videos of him working at a landscaping business after he claimed he was unemployed.

Chemung County resident Reginald Corley, 44, allegedly worked as a bartender in Elmira despite testifying twice that he was unable to work because of a job-related injury.

One of the investigations resulted in three arrests. Hattie Twitty, 61, of Albany, is charged with falsely claiming she received home health care from Michelle Simpson, 39, and Harold Miller, 38, who is Twitty's son. An investigation found that the care could never have been provided because Miller was in jail and Simpson was working at a nursing home when the care purportedly occurred.

Multiple arrests were reported in Albany County.

For a complete list of people charged go online to http://ww3.nysif.com/AboutNYSIF/NYSIFNews/2011/13%20Arrested%20From%208%20Counties.aspx.

The arrests follow investigations by the Insurance Department's Frauds Bureau, along with investigators from the Workers' Compensation Board Office of the Fraud Inspector General, the New York Insurance Fund, insurance company special investigative units and local law enforcement agencies.

According to Frauds Bureau investigators, people who illegally “double-dip” are often discovered in routine insurance company audits. In other cases, co-workers, and even relatives, have been known to turn people in.

The Bureau also looks into anonymous tips received from its telephone tip line, 1-888-FRAUDNY.

Last year, the Frauds Bureau received 1,352 reports of suspected fraud and conducted investigations leading to the arrests of 119 New Yorkers for Workers' Compensation related crimes.