Owner pleads guilty to ‘failure to comply’ with workers’ comp law
The owner of a taxi service in southwest Ohio who owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation more than $55,000 in back premiums has until December to enter a repayment plan with the agency or he could face jail time and fines.
James M. Horton of Clarksville, owner of All Around Transportation in Hamilton, pleaded guilty to a second-degree misdemeanor count of Failure to Comply Sept. 25 in Hamilton Municipal Court. He faces up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine at his sentencing Dec. 5 if he fails to enter a repayment plan by then.
“We understand the pressures of running a business, and that’s why we work with employers to bring them into compliance before involving the criminal justice system,” said Jim Wernecke, director of BWC’s special investigation department. “Unfortunately, Mr. Horton didn’t follow through on his side, and as a result of a subsequent investigation criminal charges were filed.”
Horton’s BWC policy lapsed in July 2016.
To report suspected workers’ compensation fraud, call 1-800-644-6292 or visit bwc.ohio.gov.