Safety council brightens Christmas for deceased worker’s family

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer On Nov. 4, 2017, Mison Woo received the life-changing news. That was the day her husband, Gerardo “Jerry” Juarez, died on the job. The 39-year-old father of five was working as a roofer at a work site in Akron alongside a few colleagues when he slipped on the … Continue reading Safety council brightens Christmas for deceased worker’s family

Home Depot shopping trip blows fraudster’s cover

Mentor man caught working as handyman while collecting BWC benefits A northeast Ohio landscaper must pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) a little more than $5,000 in restitution after the agency’s investigators found him working while collecting injured-worker benefits. Jason Dudas, 39, of Mentor, pleaded guilty Dec. 13 to one count of workers’ … Continue reading Home Depot shopping trip blows fraudster’s cover

How to avoid road rage during the season of peace

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer People have a lot to stress about right now. Making six dozen cookies for the neighbor’s cookie exchange. Psyching yourself up for Christmas dinner with the in-laws. Hearing “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” for the 20th time in the past 24 hours. It’s enough to make even … Continue reading How to avoid road rage during the season of peace

Cleveland-area businessman convicted of workers’ comp fraud

‘Disabled’ man plows snow, mows lawns A northeast Ohio business owner must pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) nearly $34,000 in restitution after the agency found him working and running a business while collecting disability benefits. Gabriel Seda of Grafton, Ohio, pleaded guilty Dec. 6 through a Bill of Information to a fifth-degree … Continue reading Cleveland-area businessman convicted of workers’ comp fraud

‘Tis the season for parking-lot perils

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer Let’s face it, parking lots can be harrowing under the best of circumstances. Throw in wintry weather and/or holiday shopping, and the mayhem increases exponentially. However, there are steps you can take to make navigating them a little less scary. First, let’s talk about walking hazards. Whether you’re … Continue reading ‘Tis the season for parking-lot perils

Southwest Ohio business owner gets prison time, hefty fine for work comp fraud

Business owner defrauded BWC of $425K The owner of a former payroll services company in southwest Ohio was sentenced to six months in federal prison and fined $10,000 today for defrauding the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) out of more than $425,000. John R. Cacaro, 59, owner of the now-defunct Employers Choice Plus LLC, … Continue reading Southwest Ohio business owner gets prison time, hefty fine for work comp fraud

Drug-trafficking nurse practitioner, other work comp cheats convicted in November

Eight Ohioans convicted on workers’ compensation fraud or related charges in November include a Springfield nurse practitioner who pleaded guilty to felony drug trafficking and a Cleveland-area man who collected $245,000 in disability benefits while working construction jobs since 2009. Douglas Shrewsbury pleaded guilty Nov. 16 to several drug charges in the Clark County Court … Continue reading Drug-trafficking nurse practitioner, other work comp cheats convicted in November

Older Ohioans: Know your abilities and options to stay on the road safely

Posted on the BWC Blog with permission from our friends at the Ohio Department of Aging and Ohio Department of Transportation. Because being able to get around in the community is critical for older Ohioans to remain independent and healthy, the Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Department of Transportation are partnering to increase … Continue reading Older Ohioans: Know your abilities and options to stay on the road safely