Trying to cheat the workers compensation system in Ohio has led to a fine of more than $54,000 for one man.
The Orient (Pickaway County) male was ordered to pay more than $54,000 in restitution in connection with working while receiving workplace injury benefits. Craig Vance pleaded guilty July 24 in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to one count of workers comp fraud, a fifth-degree felony.
“Thanks to an allegation reported to BWC, tens of thousands of dollars will be returned to the State Insurance Fund,” said Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer.
BWC’s special investigations unit received an allegation that Vance was working while receiving workers comp benefits.
Defendant Had His Own Auto Mechanic Shop
Multiple undercover operations were conducted, Vance’s bank records were reviewed and several customers were interviewed; these sources revealed that Vance was operating his own auto mechanic shop from his residence while receiving BWC benefits.
Vance was ordered to pay $54,030 to BWC.
He was also sentenced to serve 11 months in prison, but the prison sentence was suspended for a five-year term of community control with basic supervision.
Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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