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For immediate release: Oct. 18, 2011
Toledo Man Caught on Camera Roofing While on Workers' Comp
Daniel Uribes sentenced in fraud case
COLUMBUS – A Toledo (Lucas County) man has been sentenced in a fraud case after investigators from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) captured video not only showing him working a roofing job while receiving benefits, but also leaving the worksite to attend a hearing on his workers' comp case, and later returning to finish the job. The investigation, conducted by BWC's Special Investigations Department (SID) resulted in a guilty plea by Daniel Uribes, who was sentenced in Toledo Municipal Court last week.
"It is ironic that our investigators were able to catch Uribes on tape taking a break from his illegal work activity to attend a hearing related to his workers' compensation case,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephen Buehrer. "It is also telling of the lengths some will go when committing fraud, and a reminder to us of the importance of our work to put an end to it."
Uribes became the subject of an investigation after SID obtained evidence that he engaged in roofing work with his father while receiving temporary total disability benefits for a workplace injury. A surveillance operation showed Uribes was performing roofing work at a residence in Toledo. During the surveillance, Uribes left the job site to travel to downtown Toledo and attend his Industrial Commission of Ohio hearing on a separate issue related to his incarceration while collecting disability. After the hearing, the investigators followed Uribes back to the work site, where he returned to work on the roof and more video was obtained.
Uribes originally pleaded not guilty but withdrew and entered a no contest plea to a misdemeanor charge of workers' compensation fraud. The judge sentenced Mr. Uribes to 10 days in the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, with credit for time served. Mr. Uribes had already paid his full restitution of $3,254.30.
You can report suspected workers' compensation fraud here, or call 1-800-OHIOBWC or visit www.facebook.com/ohiobwcfraud.
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