In today’s world, the variety of devices with recording capabilities is almost limitless. As a result, fraudsters are having a tougher time getting away with crime, as evidenced by a story on LimaOhio.com. According to the website, a Lima resident was caught on video working when he was supposed to be recovering from a workplace injury. (Not good.)

The article doesn’t mention the nature of his purported injury. Frankly, it’s irrelevant. He claimed he was injured and received workers’ compensation for his injury. What he didn’t count on was an anonymous tipster who contacted the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and indicated the fraudster was working while receiving benefits. Then undercover investigators got involved and caught him on video performing concrete installation jobs for multiple clients while he was receiving these benefits. (Concrete installation? I’m sure that isn’t hard work at all – NOT.)

The fraudster pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud and received a 180-day prison sentence. However, he received 59 days of jail time credit and the remaining 121 days were suspended for three years of community control. He also will have to pay $7,000 in restitution. Approximately $2,000 of this amount goes to investigation costs. If he doesn’t pay at least $2,250 by the end of the year, he will have to serve the remainder of his sentence in jail. (Let’s hope that he comes up with the amount owed by going about work in a professional and legal manner.)

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