It is frustrating to be accused of something you didn’t do. But, it’s another thing if the deed was actually committed. An article published on WDTN.com covers the case of an Ohio man, who was accused of deceiving the government by collecting workers’ compensation while self-employed. (It turns out the accusations were true.)
Failing to report work activity is a common way that claimants commit workers’ compensation fraud, and this story is no different. (Perhaps, this fraudster thought no one would check up on him.) The story states that the man was receiving workers’ compensation benefits, while actually operating his own heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) company. (Double-dipping is a big no-go.)
After following up on several accusations, investigators reviewed the man’s bank records and performed a few business interviews. The accusations checked out, and it was determined that the man did not report his HVAC income while receiving workers’ compensation benefits. (I bet the fraudster was a bit hot under the collar when he learned his deceptive acts had been discovered.)
The self-employed fraudster pleaded guilty to one count of workers’ compensation fraud. Lucky for him, his 11-month prison sentence was suspended, and he will not be stuck in a stuffy prison cell. He was placed on probation and will pay back $20,000 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). The article also states that he will serve 21 days of intermittent jail time along with 200 hours of community service.
The article mentions that the Ohio BWC has investigated more than 61,000 cases of workers’ compensation fraud since it was founded 21 years ago. (That’s approximately 2,900 cases a year or 242 a month.) Let’s hope that this fraudster has learned his lesson about ”misrepresenting work,” and he’ll make an honest living from now on.
Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Man Sentenced for Workers Comp Fraud,” written by Jill Drury and published by WDTN.com on August 1, 2014.
NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (WDTN) A New Carlisle man must pay back nearly $20,000 he earned in workers’ comp while still on the job.
Patrick Woods pleaded guilty in Ross County Court to a count of workers’ compensation fraud. He lived in Chillicothe at the time.