Cleveland man repays $42K, pleads guilty to workers’ comp fraud

A Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) man repaid more than $42,000 to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) before entering a guilty plea to workers’ compensation fraud earlier this month.

BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) opened an investigation into David Milcinovic after a cross-match with Ohio Department of Job and Family Services indicated the Polish National Alliance reported wages for him during a period of time he was receiving workers’ compensation benefits. The investigation confirmed Milcinovic continued employment as the Vice President of Union of Poles and Board Member of the Polish National Association while he was receiving temporary total disability benefits for a workplace injury.

Milcinovic pleaded guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor count of workers’ compensation fraud on Feb. 9 in the Franklin County Municipal Court. Milcinovic had already prepaid the entire restitution in the amount of $42,911.73 to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. He was ordered to pay a fine of $250, plus court costs.

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