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For immediate release: June 26, 2015

Cleveland man ordered to serve jail time, pay $11K for workers' comp fraud

Columbus - A Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) man was sentenced June 18 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in connection with working while receiving workers' compensation benefits. Cymande McFarland previously pleaded guilty last month to one charge of theft, a fifth-degree felony.

"BWC is committed to finding and eliminating fraud, one of a number of ways BWC is working to keep employer premiums costs as low as possible," said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. "Combating fraud also supports BWC's most important mission of caring for Ohioans as they recover from workplace injuries."

A data cross-match with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in March 2014 alerted BWC that McFarland was possibly violating the terms of his temporary total disability benefits by returning to employment as a factory worker from April 2013 to April 2014. Claimants are not permitted to work while receiving this type of benefit.

McFarland was ordered to serve 11 months in prison effective immediately and to pay $11,881.14 in restitution to the BWC.

A photo of McFarland is available here.

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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