For immediate release: April 29, 2013
Convoy landscaper ordered to pay $18,000 for workers' comp fraud
COLUMBUS - A Convoy (Van Wert County) man was sentenced for working at his landscaping business while receiving Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation
(BWC) benefits for a prior workplace injury. Mark Mefferd was ordered to repay more than $18,000 after he was convicted of fraud for improperly collecting
those benefits from BWC.
"Mr. Mefferd collected BWC benefits while trimming trees, pulling weeds, planting flowers and spreading mulch," said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer.
"We do not tolerate those who try to defraud the workers' compensation system. Every dollar that is collected to care for injured workers must be used for
its intended purpose."
BWC's Special Investigations Unit received an allegation that Mefferd may have returned to work while receiving BWC benefits. Evidence indicated
that Mefferd continued to operate his business and performed landscaping services for numerous businesses in northwest Ohio. He was receiving temporary
total, living maintenance and non-working wage loss benefits while operating the business.
Mefferd pleaded guilty Feb. 28 to one count of workers' compensation fraud, a fifth-degree felony. He was sentenced April 19 and ordered to pay
restitution in the amount of $18,690.63, plus court costs. He was placed on community control for five years and was informed that he will serve 11
months at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction if he violates the terms of his community control.
A photo of Mark Mefferd is available here.
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