Trucker pleads guilty to lying to state in Workers’ Comp case

Published Aug 16, 2018 at 4:00pm

A Lee Center truck driver pleaded guilty in Utica City Court on Wednesday to lying to the state for Workers’ Compensation benefits.

Roger M. Decker Jr., 48, pleaded guilty in Utica to one count of third-degree perjury, according to the state Inspector General’s Office. Decker was released on his own recognizance until his sentencing on Oct. 18.

Authorities said Decker was injured while working for a trucking company in Oneida County in 2004, and he started collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits.

Authorities said Decker went on to get more jobs with at least two other trucking companies, but he filed benefits paperwork in 2016 and 2017 claiming he hadn’t worked in more than a decade.

Authorities said Decker also testified at a Workers’ Compensation Board hearing that he had not worked. Decker received a total of $7,875.08 in benefits in 2016, authorities said.