Bruce Wilcox of Cincinnati (Hamilton County) was sentenced Feb. 25 in a Franklin County courtroom after pleading guilty to working two jobs while he claimed a workplace injury left him permanently disabled.
BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) identified a potential conflict after the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services reported Wilcox was earning wages while he was collecting permanent total disability. The investigation revealed that Wilcox was working as a consultant for Bavarian Trucking Company and as a Kentucky sales representative for AZO Services Inc. Wilcox worked for a period of five years while collecting the benefits from BWC.
Wilcox pleaded guilty in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to a fifth-degree felony charge of workers’ compensation fraud. Judge Brown sentenced him to community control for five years of basic supervision and set the conditions that Wilcox obtain/maintain employment and have no new convictions. Wilcox was also ordered to pay $97,203.62 in restitution to BWC. He will serve seven months at Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction if violates the terms of his community control.
Wilcox made an initial $25,000 payment towards restitution to the Franklin Clerk of Court’s office after his sentencing.