Man faces fraud charges for high-heel dash

March 26, 2008 2:36:39 PM PDT
Prosecutors say a state correction officer faces a fraud charge for running a 40-yard dash in high heels while he was supposedly too injured to work. State prosecutors say 41-year-old Garrett Dalton, of Naugatuck, dressed up as a woman and ran while carrying an egg on a spoon in an effort to win Hannah Montana tickets in a contest sponsored by New Haven radio station WPLR.

He was charged with workers' compensation fraud after someone spotted him on a TV news report about the contest. He did not win the tickets and returned to work soon after.

Prosecutors say the 41-year-old collected more than $5,000 in workers' compensation after he reported suffering a work-related injury in June. He was charged with misrepresenting facts about his medical condition and ability to work.

He has been released on a promise to appear April 8 in New Haven Superior Court.