Penn. prison stay delays work comp cheat’s Ohio conviction

tony-harn-booking-photoA Columbus man pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud Monday after his case was delayed for two years because he was in a Pennsylvania prison for violating his probation in a separate and unrelated criminal matter.

Tony R. Harn pleaded guilty Jan. 9 to one count of workers’ compensation fraud and one count of theft, both misdemeanors of the first degree, in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. A judge ordered Harn to pay $12,861 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and sentenced him to 180 days in jail on each count. The judge then suspended the jail sentence and placed Harn on two years of community control.

BWC’s Special Investigations Department started looking at Harn in 2010 after learning he had filed a suspicious wage earnings statement (IRS 1099) that BWC needed to calculate his injured workers’ benefits. SID determined Harn never worked for the employer listed on the 1099, an Ohio trucking company, and that he knowingly submitted the false form to increase his BWC benefits.

Harn was indicted in Franklin County in 2013, extradited to Pennsylvania in 2014 for his prison term there and released last year.

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