Columbus woman will repay $12,000 in ill-gotten workers’ comp benefits

A Columbus (Franklin County) woman has been ordered to repay more than $12,000 to BWC after investigators found she was working while receiving workers’ comp benefits. Susan Meaney was sentenced in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on April 15.

SID’s Intelligence Unit found during a database cross-match with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Service that Meaney earned wages from The Kroger Company during the period she also collected temporary total disability benefits from BWC.

SID collected employment records from The Kroger Company that confirmed Meaney worked and receive wages during the same time period she was supposed to be recovering from a workplace injury and was restricted from working. Further, the evidence obtained during the course of the investigation revealed Meaney intentionally misrepresented and withheld her employment in order to continue receiving the benefits.

Susan Meaney pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud and was sentenced to ten months of incarceration, suspended for three years of community control.  She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $12,718.74.

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