For immediate release: November 13, 2015
BWC investigations result in six workers' comp fraud convictions in October
Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer announced today that six individuals were convicted
of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio's workers' compensation system in October 2015. These court actions
are the result of investigations conducted by BWC's Special Investigations Department (SID).
"Employers pay premium to BWC with the expectation that those dollars go toward the care and recovery of their workers who are injured
on the job, not to dishonest claimants, employers or medical providers," said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. "I am pleased our
investigators were able to put an end to these attempts to defraud the workers' compensation system."
The following is a sampling of cases that resulted in guilty pleas or convictions during October:
Krystal Knight (Toledo, Lucas County) pleaded guilty Oct. 6 in the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas to one misdemeanor count of
attempted theft for forgery. An investigation by BWC's special investigations department revealed that Knight cashed two checks from
Catholic Healthcare Partners, which were self-insured disability payments issued to another claimant, Judith Burris, in July 2014.
The checks, totaling $1,062, were cashed after Burris, her mother, passed away on June 29, 2014. The investigation proved that
Knight signed Burris' name on the checks and presented Burris' license to Huntington Bank in order to cash the checks. As part of
a plea agreement, Knight was sentenced to pay restitution to Catholic Healthcare Partners in the amount of $1,062, but Knight
failed to make the payment. She is scheduled for sentencing on November 17, 2015.
James Orr (Bethel, Clermont County) pleaded guilty Oct. 6 in the Hamilton County Municipal Court to a fourth-degree
misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct for filing a false claim. Orr filed a claim with the BWC alleging he was injured
in 2010 while working at Solutions Plus in Amelia. Investigators interviewed co-workers and found that Orr had told them
he hurt his back landscaping and working on his personal vehicle. A medical report noted that Orr told the doctor that he
was hurt at work two days prior to the alleged injury date on the first report of injury, and had sought treatment the next day
at Clermont Mercy Hospital. Investigators found that Orr had not been treated by Clermont Mercy Hospital and time cards from
the employer indicated that Orr did not work on the date of the alleged injury. Orr was sentenced to three days credit in
the Hamilton County Jail, court costs, and ordered to stay employed.
Ralph Dollison (Circleville, Pickaway County) pleaded guilty Oct. 28 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas
to one first-degree misdemeanor count of workers' compensation fraud for working while receiving benefits. SID received
an allegation that Dollison was working while receiving compensation for a workplace injury. The investigation proved
Dollison worked for a concrete company as a laborer and performed duties such as digging, building forms, pouring concrete
and finishing concrete. Evidence also revealed he intentionally misrepresented and withheld his employment in order to
continue collecting the disability benefits. Dollison was ordered to pay $4,081.47 in restitution and placed on community
control for five years. He was also sentenced to 180 days in jail, suspended as long as he complies with the community control.
Donald Detrick (West Mansfield, Logan County) pleaded guilty Oct. 27 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to a
misdemeanor count of workers' compensation fraud for working while receiving benefits. SID opened an investigation after
receiving an allegation that Detrick may be working while receiving benefits for a workplace injury. The investigation
revealed that Detrick worked as the fire chief for Bokecreek Township in Logan County, fire safety coordinator for York
Township in Logan County and as a certified water inspector for Midwest Express while collecting temporary total disability
benefits. Prior to the plea, Detrick paid $25,586.40 to the Clerk of Courts in order to pay in full his restitution of $22,155.04
and investigative costs of $3,431.36. A judge sentenced him to community control for six months under the condition that he pay
the restitution and investigative costs, have no new convictions, and pay all court costs. He will serve six months in jail if
he does not meet these terms.
Timothy Morrow (Delaware, Delaware County) pleaded guilty to one first-degree misdemeanor count of workers' compensation
fraud on Oct. 20 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas for working while receiving benefits. SID opened an investigation
after receiving an allegation that Morrow was operating his own HVAC business while receiving disability benefits from the BWC.
The investigation, which included a review of bank records and multiple interviews, confirmed Morrow did own and operate a business,
TTM Mechanical, and conducted HVAC installations and repairs during the time he was receiving benefits. The evidence obtained
during the course of the investigation also revealed that he intentionally misrepresented and withheld his employment from BWC.
Morrow was sentenced to 30 days in the Franklin County Jail, suspended, and was placed on six months of probation. He was also
ordered to pay court costs along with $8,399.74 in restitution to BWC. The restitution was paid at the clerk's office after the hearing.
To report suspected workers' compensation fraud, call 1-800-644-6292 or visit bwc.ohio.gov. Check out our latest cases
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