For immediate release: February 13, 2017
Limo driver takes work comp system for a ride, now owes BWC $80,000
COLUMBUS - A former school bus driver caught working as a limousine driver while receiving injured workers' benefits must pay the Ohio Bureau of
Workers' Compensation $80,000 and serve five years probation.
"Thanks to responsible citizens who report fraud, we were able to stop a workers' comp cheat and return BWC dollars to their rightful
purpose - creating safer workplaces across Ohio and helping workers who are legitimately injured on the job," said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison.
Robert Willie, Jr., 57, of Columbus, pleaded guilty Tuesday in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to one count of workers' compensation
fraud, a fifth-degree felony. In addition to restitution and probation, a judge warned Willie that he would serve six months in jail if he violated
the terms of his probation.
Willie started collecting BWC benefits in 2010 after getting injured while working as a school bus driver. Acting on an anonymous tip to the BWC
Fraud Hotline, BWC's Special Investigations Department reviewed bank and employment records and found Willie had worked off and on for much of
the time between March 2010 and May 2015, all while collecting BWC benefits. Willie worked as a limousine driver and office clerk for a Columbus company.
A photo of Willie can be found here.
To report suspected workers' compensation fraud, call 1-800-644-6292 or visit bwc.ohio.gov.
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