A Columbus swimming pool contractor and a window worker from Lancaster pleaded guilty last week to misdemeanor counts of workers’ compensation fraud for continuing to work while collecting injured workers’ benefits.
Kash M. Marzetti, 43, had to pay BWC $5,642 in restitution and a $50 court fine as part of his sentence Aug. 22 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.
BWC’s Special Investigations Department started looking at Marzetti after a claims service specialist suspected he might be working while collecting temporary total disability benefits. SID subsequently found Marzetti knowingly and with fraudulent intent worked for Marzetti Swimming Pool Services, Inc., doing the same and/or similar work that he was performing when he was injured.
Investigators found in 2011 that Marzetti provided swimming pool inspections, estimates for repairs and new builds, supervised and managed the construction and repair of swimming pools, installed swimming pool accessories and worked as a laborer while collecting injured workers’ benefits.
In the same court two days later, a judge ruled Michael Scott, 52, of Lancaster, must pay BWC $1,836 in restitution for working while receiving injured workers’ benefits. The judge also sentenced Scott to two years community control, which will terminate with full payment of restitution and court costs.
Acting on a tip, BWC’s Special Investigations Department reviewed records and interviewed witnesses in determining Scott worked for a window company for four months in 2014 while collecting BWC benefits.
To report suspected workers’ compensation fraud, call 1-800-644-6292 or visit bwc.ohio.gov.