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“Marathon Man” Pleads Guilty To Fraud

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 30, 2011

Despite his supposed disability, he enjoyed running in Disney races.

A recent Fox undercover investigation has exposed a runner of fraud. John Cloutier, a corrections officer in Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in a Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday of worker’s compensation fraud.

Last May, the news organization discovered that Cloutier had been running marathons and half marathons while he was out of work due to injury.

The corrections officer had said he was so hurt, he required a tax-free paycheck for the rest of his life. When appearing before a judge on Wednesday, Cloutier admitted that he had run the Disneyworld marathon and half marathon in 2009 as well as a half marathon at Disneyland that same year.

Prosecutor David Andrews had this to say about the defendant: ““From the date of his injury in July of 2008 through 2009 the defendant never disclosed to the Department of Correction or any of his treating medical providers that he ran in any of these races, trained for such races, or engaged in any type of strenuous exercise.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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