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.