Tree trimming can be dangerous business. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that grounds maintenance workers, which tree trimming falls under, have a fatality rate that is almost five times that of the average worker in the United States. (That might make it difficult to find affordable workers’ compensation coverage.) A man from Canal Fulton, Ohio who was desperate to land a tree-trimming job, committed workers’ compensation fraud by creating a fake proof-of-coverage certificate endorsed by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). (He was trying to avoid paying the insurance premium.)
According to today’s article, the BWC says the Ohioan tampered with a relative’s certificate to fabricate his own. (He was trying to secure a job for himself and six others, but instead he was slapped with a charge of tampering with records.) Apparently, one of his customers, who happened to be an insurance salesman, contacted the BWC with suspicions that the certificate was not legitimate. (The tree trimmer neglected to provide a policy number on the altered document.)
These charges, however, were just one of the issues for this guy. In addition to the workers’ compensation fraud charges, the tree trimmer was also charged with an unrelated felonious assault involving a man who turned up dead. The 27-year-old tree trimmer from Ohio pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced to three years in prison. While the workers’ compensation fraud conviction may seem small in comparison to the man’s other conviction, the BWC is serious about deterring, detecting and preventing workers’ compensation fraud. While tree trimming can be dangerous as evidenced by the fatality statistics, it looks like in this case that the tree trimmer was more dangerous. (Just look at his second charge.)
Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Massillon murder suspect gets prison term for unrelated charges,” posted on CantonRep.com on June 8, 2018.
A man charged in a Massillon murder has resolved some of his unrelated court cases.
Bryan T. Gentry, 27, formerly of Canal Fulton, will serve three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of tampering with records and felonious assault filed in Summit County.