Cincinnati woman took dead man’s injured worker’s benefits

A Cincinnati woman must perform 100 hours of community service and serve five years probation after pleading guilty last month to stealing a dead man’s workers’ compensation benefits.

Darlean McCurdy, 56, pleaded guilty May 10 in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas to one count of Workers’ Compensation Fraud, a fifth degree felony. At her sentencing May 24, a judge ordered her to repay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation $7,321.16, plus investigative costs of $2,264.97. He also sentenced her to a year in prison but only if she violates her parole.

The Ohio BWC’s Special Investigation Department began looking at McCurdy after learning the BWC claimant entitled to the benefits died last year. Investigators obtained several photographs of McCurdy using the claimant’s EBT card to withdraw money at various ATM’s.

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