For immediate release: April 18, 2014
South Euclid woman ordered to repay $32K in workers' comp benefits
Columbus - A South Euclid (Cuyahoga County) woman was ordered to repay more than $32,000 in connection with working while
collecting workplace injury benefits. Laura Brown pleaded guilty April 9 in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to workers'
compensation fraud, a fifth-degree felony.
"Ms. Brown's employment was discovered through a cross-match report from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family
Services," said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. "We partner with other agencies and with the general public, and request
that anyone who suspects workersâ€™ compensation fraud contact us. Your tips are anonymous, and they assist us in our ongoing
efforts to protect the State Insurance Fund."
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) received the cross-match report, which indicated that wages were reported for Brown
in 2011 and 2012. Interviews and employment records enabled the SIU to confirm that Brown returned to work as a home health
aide while receiving temporary total disability and living maintenance benefits.
Brown was ordered to repay $32,928.05 in restitution to the BWC. She was sentenced to serve 11 months in prison, which
was suspended for five years of community control. If she violates the terms of community control, Brown will serve that
time in prison.
A photo of Brown is available here.
To report suspected workers' compensation fraud, call 1-800-644-6292 or visit bwc.ohio.gov. Check out our latest cases
on our fraud blog, ohiobwcfraud.wordpress.com, follow Fraud Fridays on Twitter @OhioBWCFraud, or join in the conversation at
www.facebook.com/ohiobwcfraud. View and share BWC's workers'
comp fraud awareness video on our YouTube channel.
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