A Monticello man will spend one year behind bars after being found guilty of workers ’ compensation fraud earlier this year.

63-year-old Stephen Tucker Sr. was sentenced on Monday in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton to 42 months in prison, with all but one year suspended. He was also ordered to pay $50,242 in restitution to Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company.

Tucker was convicted in April of the theft of more than $10,000 in workers’ compensation benefits. Tucker received more than $45,000 in benefits by claiming that he could not work because of a hand injury.

In fact, in January, 2009, Tucker opened his own small engine repair business, Littleton Service.
The attorney general’s office said that evidence gathered during its investigation showed that Tucker was performing many physical tasks in connection with his business that were inconsistent with his testimony before the Maine workers’ compensation board.