Columbus man guilty of fraud, ordered to repay $5,000

Keith Mitchell of Columbus (Franklin County) was sentenced in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas this week following a BWC investigation that found he worked while receiving workers’ comp benefits.

BWC’s Special Investigations Department received an allegation that Mitchell was working for a packaging company. The investigation confirmed Mitchell was employed with Adecco and worked at Victory Packaging during periods in which he received BWC disability benefits. Evidence obtained during the investigation revealed that Mitchell intentionally misrepresented and withheld his employment in order to continue collecting the benefits.

Mitchell pleaded guilty April 12 to one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a misdemeanor of the first degree.  He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, suspended for two years of community control.  He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,147.37.

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