Media Advisory: August 12, 2011
BWC Investigations Result in Nine Workers’ Comp Fraud Convictions in July
Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Stephen Buehrer today
announced nine individuals were convicted of or pleaded guilty to charges related to defrauding
Ohio’s workers’ compensation system during the month of July. The court actions are the result
of investigations conducted by BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID), which works to
deter, detect, investigate, and prosecute workers’ compensation fraud.
“Several of these individuals went to great lengths in their attempts to cheat the system so
they could receive undue compensation and access to prescription drugs,” said Buehrer. “They
likely did not anticipate the expertise and dedication our investigators have when it comes to
finding and eliminating fraud.”
Following is a sampling of cases that resulted in a guilty plea or conviction during the month
Charles Watson (Toledo, Lucas County) pleaded guilty to one count of deception to obtain
dangerous drugs for fraudulently receiving BWC paid narcotic prescriptions from two different
physicians. Watson was traveling from one physician in Toledo to another physician in Dover
(Tuscarawas County) to obtain similar narcotics. Neither physician knew Watson was receiving
the narcotics at the same time they writing prescriptions. Watson was sentenced nine months
suspended incarceration and was placed on community control for two years. As a condition
of community control, Watson was ordered to pay restitution of $930.24 and court costs.
The court also suspended his driver's license for six months.
Misti Marshall (Elyria, Lorain County) entered a plea of guilty to one count of workers'
compensation fraud for working while receiving benefits. BWC’s Automated Detection and Intelligence
unit noted a cross match with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS)
indicating potential fraud. Investigators found Marshall was receiving wages from Assured
Home Health, Rono Investments, Industrial Plastics and Kelly Services while she was collecting
Temporary Total Disability and Living Maintenance benefits. Marshall must pay restitution
of $18,177.15 and an additional $3,000 for investigative costs. Her sentencing is scheduled
for September 22.
Benton Crist (Delphos, Allen County) pleaded guilty to one count of workers' compensation
fraud for working while receiving benefits. Crist failed to inform BWC that he was working
as a truck driver for Martin Transportation Systems, in Byron Center, Michigan (formerly
Topline Express out of Lima, Ohio) during the time he was applying for and collecting Non-Working
Wage Loss benefits. The investigation began after a BWC claims service specialist
recognized signs of possible fraud in his claim documents. Crist was sentenced to
five years of community control and ordered to pay court costs and restitution of
$ 42,876.34. He was also sentenced to 12 months suspended incarceration.
Donald Fisher (Clermont County) pleaded guilty in Clermont County to one count of deception
to obtain a dangerous drug, a fourth degree felony. Investigators found that Fisher was having
his granddaughter use and sell narcotics prescribed by his BWC physician. Between May 2010 to
March 2011, Fisher gave his adult granddaughter 10 Opana and 10 Percocet pills each week to
traffic on the street in exchange for sexual favors. Rebecca Fisher sold the Opana for $50
per pill and the Percocet for $12 per pill and split her profits with Fisher. Both confessed
to selling the BWC prescribed narcotics during the same period Fisher received Permanent
Total Disability benefits. Fisher’s sentencing is pending.
Annette McDaniel (Columbus, Franklin County) pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud
for working four jobs while collecting Temporary Total Disability and Living Maintenance Wage
Loss benefits. McDaniel, also known as Annette Fair and Ronette Fair, became the subject
of an investigation after a database cross-match conducted with the Ohio Department of Job
and Family Services indicated she worked for KC Men’s Clothing while she was collecting
benefits. The investigation confirmed McDaniel not only worked for KC Men’s Clothing, but
also for AmeriCoat, Value City Department Stores and Adecco USA during the periods she
collected these benefits. McDaniel was sentenced to a suspended sentence of eight months
incarceration suspended and five years of community control. As a condition of the community
control, McDaniel was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $17,064.25 as well as
investigative costs in the amount of $2,500 and court costs.
Pamela Myers (Morrow, Warren County) pleaded guilty to a felony count of workers’ compensation
fraud related to her work as a bus driver while receiving disability payments for a workplace
injury she sustained while working as a driving instructor. Investigators found she worked
as a driver the Little Miami School District in Morrow from July 20, 2006 to September 4, 2006,
and from March 12, 2007 to September 16, 2007, in violation of the rules associated with receiving
Temporary Total Disability benefits. Meyers was sentenced in a Franklin County courtroom to five
years of community control, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $11,396.10, court costs
and investigative costs totaling $2,000. Meyers will serve 12 months in prison if she
violates community control. She made a payment of $7,000 toward restitution on the day of
To report suspected workers’ compensation fraud, call 1-800-OHIOBWC, visit ohiobwc.com,
or visit www.facebook.com/ohiobwcfraud.
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