Boston: South Shore woman to appear in court charged with workers’ comp fraud

A Randolph woman will be back in court Monday, to face charges she collected more than $15,000 in disability benefits while she continued to work.

Maria Oliveira-Soares pleaded not guilty to workers’ compensation fraud last April.

In 2004 she filed a claim for an injury she said she suffered while working for a cleaning company, and began receiving partial incapacity benefits.

Oliveira-Soares then filed several reports saying she was suffering debilitating pain from her injuries, and testified to the state Department of Industrial Accidents that she had not returned to work.

But prosecutors allege that Oliveira-Soares worked for five separate employers while collecting worker’s comp benefits.

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Garo Hagopian has been a member of the WATD family as a weekend news anchor since 2008, and has been a writer-producer-editor at WBZ in Boston since 1996.