Just as double dipping is considered bad manners when at a party or in a restaurant, it’s also a bad idea to collect workers’ compensation benefits while working another job. A Boardman Township, Ohio woman got caught in a double dipping dilemma that ended in a workers’ compensation fraud scam. (And, we’re not talking chips and dip here.)
The Boardman Township woman suffered an on-the-job injury in 2010 and qualified for workers’ compensation benefits. Seven years later, she needed more surgery as a result of that injury. Fortunately, her employer (not the one where she was originally injured) granted time off plus wage benefits. She returned to work at the local Steak ‘n Shake post-surgery, but neglected to inform the Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC). (She thought she could easily pocket the extra cash and no one would know about it.)
Over seven months, the Steak ‘n Shake manager flipped burgers, tossed fries and made milk shakes, all the while double dipping and earning $18,000 in undeserved workers’ compensation benefits. (This went on for about seven months before the BWC became suspicious.)
The 54-year-old fraudster pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud and was sentenced to five years of probation. She must also pay back $18,239 in restitution. (She may have to double or triple dip to pay back that amount. That’s ok as long as she’s not collecting undeserved wages from the BWC.)
Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Restaurant Manager Admits Double Dipping,” posted on WorkCompCentral.com on April 26, 2019.
A Youngstown restaurant manager pleaded guilty this week to workers’ compensation fraud after she was found to be working while collecting benefits, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation announced.
Kristin Stuhldreher, 54, was injured in 2010, then needed further surgery in 2017. She received time off of work and wage benefits, then return to work at Steak ‘n Shake but did not inform the BWC. She must now pay $18,239 in restitution and serve five years of probation, the bureau said.