Former deputy sheriff owes BWC $235K for workers’ comp fraud

Zanesville man earns felon status after Monday’s conviction A Zanesville man and former county deputy sheriff must reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation nearly $235,000 in restitution following his felony conviction for workers’ compensation fraud Monday in a Franklin County courtroom. A judge ordered Gregory A. Fitzer, 56, to pay BWC $211,536 in restitution … Continue reading Former deputy sheriff owes BWC $235K for workers’ comp fraud

Ducking workers’ comp coverage costs Mansfield freight hauler $144K

The owner of a Mansfield freight hauling and trucking company must pay $144,400 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) following his sentence Monday for his conviction on four felony charges related to workers’ compensation fraud. A Richland County judge also ordered Robert Tate, owner of Elite TNT Enterprises, to serve two … Continue reading Ducking workers’ comp coverage costs Mansfield freight hauler $144K

Logan County man sentenced for workers’ comp fraud

On the day he was sentenced to prison for breaking and entering, gross sexual imposition, burglary and other charges, a Bellefontaine man was also ordered to pay nearly $6,400 in restitution to his employer and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) for collecting disability benefits while secretly working another job. Joseph A. Wilson, 32, … Continue reading Logan County man sentenced for workers’ comp fraud

Prison, hefty restitution ordered for Cleveland fraudster

Contractor collected $246K in disability from BWC, Social Security A Cleveland-area man was sentenced to seven months in prison Wednesday and ordered to repay nearly $246,000 in disability benefits he fraudulently received from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and the Social Security Administration. Louis C. Cooper, 57, of North Royalton, previously pleaded guilty … Continue reading Prison, hefty restitution ordered for Cleveland fraudster

Receptionist owes BWC $19K after fraud conviction

Agency secures six convictions in January A Bellefontaine woman who worked as a receptionist while claiming to be disabled from work owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation nearly $19,000 following her conviction last month on a felony workers’ compensation fraud charge. A Franklin County judge on Jan. 16 ordered Dawn M. Hattery, 50, to … Continue reading Receptionist owes BWC $19K after fraud conviction

Construction worker hammered with fraud conviction

Cleveland man reimburses BWC $24,000 A Cleveland construction worker who worked multiple jobs while collecting disability benefits from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation reimbursed the agency nearly $24,000 on Jan. 30 before pleading guilty to workers’ compensation fraud. Marc. E. Pope, 50, paid BWC $23,793 in restitution before his guilty plea on two first-degree … Continue reading Construction worker hammered with fraud conviction

Special investigations department finishes FY2018 with impressive results

By Jim Wernecke, Director, BWC Special Investigations Department It’s getting harder and harder for the criminally minded to rip off BWC and the State Insurance Fund and get away with it. That was the message I took to BWC’s board of directors Thursday afternoon when I presented the board with the Special Investigations Department’s annual … Continue reading Special investigations department finishes FY2018 with impressive results

What do you know about workers’ comp fraud? Our sleuths have questions – and answers!

By Melissa Vince, BWC Public Relations Manager We’ve had a great time talking workers’ comp fraud this International Fraud Awareness Week. We enjoyed sharing what we do to detect, deter and put a stop to workers’ compensation fraud in Ohio. Our fraud investigators especially look forward to participating every year because they want to raise awareness … Continue reading What do you know about workers’ comp fraud? Our sleuths have questions – and answers!

It’s not easy being Green: Cleveland florist convicted of work comp fraud

Green Thumb Florists owes BWC $32,000 The owner of a Cleveland flower shop owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) nearly $32,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to workers’ compensation fraud in late September. Mary Green, the owner of Green Thumb Florists, was ordered to pay BWC $31,562, sentenced to five years of community … Continue reading It’s not easy being Green: Cleveland florist convicted of work comp fraud

Spotlight: Our college interns

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department In recognition of International Fraud Awareness Week 2017, we are highlighting careers in criminal investigations, especially those that commence with the study of criminology, criminal justice, law enforcement, digital forensics or data analytics. History:  BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) created its college relations program in 1995 … Continue reading Spotlight: Our college interns