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For immediate release: April 9, 2015

Former Summit County man sentenced for workers' comp fraud, repays $20K

Columbus - A Crested Butte, Colorado, man was convicted March 18 in Franklin County Municipal Court for submitting false payroll checks to obtain workers' compensation benefits. Charles D. Murray, formerly of Hudson (Summit County), pleaded guilty to one count of workers' compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor.

"We rely on internal and external tips for anything that seems out of the ordinary, and in this case, a BWC claims service specialist reported what appeared to be suspicious payroll records," said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. "Tips help us put an end to fraud and ultimately aid in our efforts to protect employers' premium dollars and keep their workers' compensation costs as low as possible."

Investigators learned that Murray lived outside of Ohio, but submitted paystubs for employment from Ohio businesses in order to receive wage loss working benefits from BWC. This type of benefit provides compensation for claimants experiencing wage loss as a result of workplace injuries. Investigators confirmed the payroll records Murray submitted between 2011 and 2013 were false. In November 2014, the Industrial Commission of Ohio issued a finding of overpayment in the amount of $17,771.99.

Prior to entering his plea, Murray issued a cashier's check to BWC totaling $21,927.09, including full restitution and investigative costs. He was ordered to pay court costs.

To report suspected workers' compensation fraud, call 1-800-644-6292 or visit bwc.ohio.gov. Check out our latest cases at ohiobwcfraud.wordpress.com, follow Fraud Fridays on Twitter @OhioBWCFraud, or join in the conversation at facebook.com/ohiobwcfraud. View and share BWC's workers' comp fraud awareness video on our YouTube channel.

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