Lake County landscaper pleads guilty to workers’ comp fraud, repays $22,000

Charles Bentley booking photoCharles D. Bentley of Mentor-on-the-Lake was sentenced March 10 in a Franklin County Courtroom after pleading guilty to workers’ compensation fraud.

BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) began investigating after receiving an anonymous allegation stating Bentley had been working “under the table” for a landscaping company for three years. Bentley should not have been working at all as he was receiving workers’ compensation benefits for a workplace injury.

The investigation confirmed that Bentley returned to employment during the winter season as a snowplow truck driver while receiving temporary total disability benefits.

Bentley pleaded guilty plea to one misdemeanor count of workers’ compensation fraud in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. He had already paid the entire restitution in the amount of $22,125.60 to BWC.  He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, suspended for 90 days of community control.

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