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For immediate release: Oct. 10, 2014

Cleveland man fakes workplace injury, employer discovers it on security video

Columbus - A Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) man was placed on probation for a year and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service for filing a false workers' compensation claim against his employer. Glenn Jones pleaded guilty and was sentenced Sept. 30 in Cleveland Municipal Court on one count of workers' compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor.

The employer's security video reveals that Mr. Jones stomped a hole in a wooden floor the night before he said he was injured and on the following day, lowered his foot into the floor and laid down on the platform.

"We're pleased that the claim was dismissed before any benefits from the State Insurance Fund were paid out," said Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. "That fund is intended to care for workers who are truly injured."

BWC's fraud investigators began looking into the matter after receiving an allegation from the employer. They reviewed security video provided by the employer, and interviewed Jones and other employees. Jones had claimed he suffered a number of injuries, but the investigation and video evidence confirmed those injuries did not occur as Jones had reported, and that a false claim had been filed.

The security video is available here.

Jones was sentenced to 180 days in jail, which was suspended in lieu of probation and community service. If he violates probation or fails to perform community service, he will serve the jail sentence.

To report suspected workers' compensation fraud, call 1-800-644-6292 or click here. Check out our latest cases on our fraud blog, follow Fraud Fridays on Twitter @OhioBWCFraud, or join in the conversation on Facebook. View and share BWC's workers' comp fraud awareness video on our YouTube channel.

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