A Grove City man who was off work and collecting injured worker’s benefits from his employer now must pay his employer back after investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation discovered him secretly working another job.
Terry Shaver, 57, pleaded guilty June 8 in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court to a misdemeanor count of workers’ compensation fraud. A judge ordered Shaver to pay his employer $5,000 in restitution and sentenced him to 180 days in jail. The judge suspended the jail sentence and sentenced Shaver to one year of community control.
Acting on a tip, the BWC’s Special Investigations Department began investigating Shaver last year and found him working as an independent contractor for a local pest control company. Investigators say Shaver “worked knowingly and with fraudulent intent and concealed his employment” from the BWC and his regular employer.
Court records show Shaver has paid his employer $2,023 in restitution to date.