Richland County man ran home maintenance business while receiving workers’ comp

Ambrose Adams, Jr.A home repair man who purposely concealed his employment while receiving injured workers’ benefits pleaded guilty Aug. 16 to workers’ compensation fraud and had to pay BWC nearly $12,000 in restitution.

BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) started looking at Ambrose Adams, of Lexington, Ohio, near Mansfield, after receiving an internal tip from a customer service specialist. The CSS had become suspicious after calling Adams and reaching a voice mail message for ‘Milt’ with Double A Home Maintenance and Repair. Adams’ middle initial is M. The CSS also advised that Adams had a history of “no-showing” for exams or appointments scheduled with BWC or his own providers.

SID confirmed Adams returned to work as a self-employed home improvement contractor for his business, Double A Home Maintenance and Repair, while concurrently receiving workplace injury benefits from BWC.

Adams, 59, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of workers’ compensation fraud in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas after paying BWC $11,965 in restitution. A judge sentenced Adams to 60 days in jail, suspended, and one year of probation.

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