BWC board reduces rates for Ohio’s private employers

Employers will pay $132 million less in premiums next year Ohio’s private employers will pay nearly $132 million less in premiums to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation next fiscal year under a 13% rate reduction the agency’s Board of Directors approved last week. The reduction marks BWC’s third largest rate cut in 60 years … Continue reading BWC board reduces rates for Ohio’s private employers

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

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

Trucker kept truckin’ while collecting injured-worker benefits

Zanesville man convicted of workers’ comp fraud A Zanesville truck driver must pay nearly $8,000 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) after agency investigators found him working for a living while collecting BWC disability benefits. Douglas J. Krouskoupf, 53, pleaded guilty Jan. 9 to a first-degree misdemeanor count of workers’ compensation … Continue reading Trucker kept truckin’ while collecting injured-worker benefits

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

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