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Marathon runner on disability fired from corrections department


Correction officer John Cloutier has been out of work since 2008. He claimed he injured his lower back on the job and wanted a full disability retirement from the state.

For nearly two years Cloutier continued collecting his paycheck. But now that's changed. The Department of Correction has finally fired him.

Cloutier was already out of work for six months when he ran a marathon at Walt Disney World in Florida in January 2009. The day before, he ran Disney’s half marathon. But it doesn't end there.

Eight months later, In September 2009, the supposedly injured Cloutier traveled to California for yet another half marathon.

Cloutier took off, like only a seasoned runner could do, when we tried to ask him some questions.

Records reveal Coutier applied for an accidental disability retirement in June of last year, a benefit that would give him 72 percent of his $62,000 salary. Tax free for the rest of his life.

In the application he claimed "total incapacity” because of a lower back injury he got at work.

After receiving the same tip as FOX Undercover, the state retirement board denied Cloutier's retirement.

But even after the retirement board shot down his disability claim in January, Cloutier, who lives in a colonial in Freetown, stayed off the job and continued collecting worker's compensation.

But not anymore. As of July 1, the Department of Correction fired Cloutier, ending nearly two years of him getting paid not to work.

Cloutier's problems aren't over. We've learned he's now under investigation by the attorney general's office.
No response from Cloutier on this story. The union representing correction officers declined to comment.

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