Workers’ comp fraud lands cheaters costly penalties

Convicts include Central Ohio doc ordered to pay $71K to BWC Four Ohioans convicted or sentenced for workers’ compensation fraud in April include a Central Ohio physician who unlawfully distributed controlled substances and overbilled the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC). On April 15, U.S. Judge Michael Wilson of the Southern District of Ohio ordered … Continue reading Workers’ comp fraud lands cheaters costly penalties

Former police officer convicted for workers’ comp fraud

North Canton man owes BWC $89,000 A retired police officer for the city of Canton pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud Thursday after the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) discovered him working two jobs while claiming to be permanently disabled. James H. Blaine of North Canton must pay BWC $66,481 in restitution and $23,000 … Continue reading Former police officer convicted for workers’ comp fraud

Fayette County man owes $141,000 after second fraud conviction

Ohio BWC releases latest fraud convictions A Washington Courthouse man pleaded guilty to felony workers’ compensation fraud Oct. 5 for working while receiving more than $141,500 in benefits from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). Jeffrey Janson, 70, pleaded guilty to the fourth-degree felony in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. A judge sentenced him … Continue reading Fayette County man owes $141,000 after second fraud conviction

Video surveillance exposes Sidney couple’s scheme to defraud BWC

Agency closes 11 cases in June, July The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) closed 11 cases involving workers’ compensation fraud and related charges in June and July, bringing total convictions for BWC to 47 for calendar year 2020. “Workers’ compensation fraud can happen anywhere in Ohio,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud. “That’s why we … Continue reading Video surveillance exposes Sidney couple’s scheme to defraud BWC

Special Investigations Dept nets 6 convictions in July

The BWC Special Investigations Department netted six convictions in July in criminal cases related to workers’ compensation fraud. “Workers’ comp fraud is not only illegal, it impacts the entire workers’ comp system designed to protect Ohio workers and employers in the event of a workplace injury,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. “Putting an end to … Continue reading Special Investigations Dept nets 6 convictions in July

Ohio BWC investigative unit nets 5 convictions in May

Investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation landed five convictions in May of individuals caught cheating the workers’ compensation system or deceptively obtaining prescription narcotics. Those convicted included one woman who was cashing in on a dead man’s injured worker’s benefits, another who falsely claimed she was poisoned at work, two men who were … Continue reading Ohio BWC investigative unit nets 5 convictions in May

Tuscarawas County woman ordered to repay $9K for workers’ comp fraud

Robin Beckett of Dennison (Tuscarawas County) has been ordered to repay more than $9,000 to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation after investigators found she knowingly committed fraud by working in violation of the workplace injury benefits she was receiving. The Special Investigations Department Intelligence Unit noted a database cross-match with the Ohio Department of … Continue reading Tuscarawas County woman ordered to repay $9K for workers’ comp fraud

BWC investigations result in five workers’ comp fraud convictions in November

Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer announced today that five individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio’s workers’ compensation system in November 2015. These court actions are the result of investigations conducted by BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID). “Identifying and weeding out fraud is … Continue reading BWC investigations result in five workers’ comp fraud convictions in November

Bedford woman owes BWC $12,000 for workers’ comp fraud

A Bedford (Cuyahoga County) woman has pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud for misleading BWC about her status as a college student. Rachel Madison was eligible to receive death benefits up to age 25 if enrolled at an accredited educational institution. SID began investigating after receiving an allegation that she was submitting proof of college … Continue reading Bedford woman owes BWC $12,000 for workers’ comp fraud

Wayne County realtor pleads guilty to workers’ comp and social security fraud

James Miller of West Salem (Wayne County) recently pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation and social security fraud and has been ordered to repay more than $30,000. BWC’s Special Investigations Department began investigating Miller after receiving an allegation that he was working as a realtor while receiving living maintenance wage loss statements. This benefit is available to … Continue reading Wayne County realtor pleads guilty to workers’ comp and social security fraud