In October 2015, Illinois Department of Corrections prison guard Lance Fracher collected an additional $48,000 as a part of his claim settlement involving injuries associated with his job. The prison guard claimed that his hand and wrist were injured by turning locks as a part of his job at Menard Correctional Center. Today, Fracher has filed five claims yielding more than $183,000 in cash payouts along with his salary that provides him $66,000 annually in his new job as a southern Illinois Vienna Correctional Center guard. This amount did not include payments for his medical expenses associated with a recent surgery to repair Fracher’s shoulder injury.
The prison guard was a target of an Illinois fraud investigation when it was found that he participated in a local fishing tournament while collecting tax-free disability for his injuries. The investigation was launched by then IDOC Director Salvador Godinez once photographs had surfaced showing Fracher fishing on a boat. At that time, Godinez said he had “absolutely zero tolerance for employee misconduct of any type.”
At the time of the investigation, the prison guard was not working but receiving temporary total disability in an amount to cover his full salary as regulated by law to provide injured employees “extended benefits.” These payments allow correction officers injured by inmates to recover from their injuries without a loss in pay.