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3 Ohio workers plead guilty to workers' compensation fraud

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s battle against workers’ compensation fraud continues every day. Last month, BWC announced three new cases of former workers’ comp recipients pleading guilty to wrongfully receiving benefits.

Business Insurance provided brief summaries of each case. Each defendant pleaded guilty to fraud in March. On March 10, a Mentor man pleaded guilty to driving a snow plow while still receiving more than $22,000 in temporary total disability benefits. He has paid restitution and will serve 90 days in jail.

The same day, another Ohio man pleaded guilty to similar charges, though he only collected $1,045.20 in illegitimate temporary total disability benefits. Six days later, a third many admitted in court to working as a temporary employee for several companies while collecting benefits. Interestingly, it appears he was given the longest jail sentence of the three at 180 days. He also must repay nearly $7,000 to BWC.

State law requires people receiving workers’ comp benefits to notify BWC when they go back to work, to avoid double-dipping. A spokesman said in a statement that BWC encourages the public to report possible workers’ comp fraud, adding that the agency investigates every allegation it receives.

Workers’ compensation fraud deprives the system of money, costing employers and injured workers a great deal. A false claim could lead to allegations of workplace safety violations, putting the employer at risk of an OSHA investigation and steep fines. This is why having a personal injury defense attorney can be so important for your business.

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