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For immediate release: April 20, 2018
Ohio BWC secures five fraud-related convictions in March
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation secured five fraud-related convictions in March and restitution orders totaling more than $41,000.
Those convicted include a remodeling contractor, a babysitter and the owner of a Dayton drive-thru business, as well as a landscaper and a graphic artist. The following cases bring BWC's total convictions this year to 12 as of March 31.
"Employers must have workers' comp insurance to support injured workers in their time of need," said Jim Wernecke, director of BWC's special investigations department. "With these cases closed, we can put their premium dollars back to work caring for injured workers and promoting safety in every Ohio workplace."
Scott Jones of Perrysburg, Ohio (Wood County), Working and Receiving
A Franklin County judge ordered Jones to pay BWC $3,957 in restitution by Oct. 30 this year or face 45 days in jail. Jones paid $1,000 toward the restitution when he appeared in court.
Sharrounda Fuller, Columbus, Ohio (Franklin County), Working and Receiving
Christine Niffa, dba Christy's Drive Thru, Dayton, Ohio (Montgomery County), Lapsed Coverage
Charles Parry, Plain City, Ohio (Union County), Working and Receiving
John Bezusko, Tacoma, Washington, Working and Receiving
To report suspected workers' compensation fraud, call 1-800-644-6292 or visit www.bwc.ohio.gov.
Melissa Vince, 614-466-2956 or 614-202-2329, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Gottschlich, 614-644-4940 or 614-296-1734, email@example.com
Established in 1912, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation provides workers' compensation insurance to 244,000 public and private Ohio employers. With nearly 1,900 employees and assets of approximately $27 billion, BWC is the largest state-run insurance system in the United States. Our mission is to protect Ohio's workers and employers through the prevention, care and management of workplace injuries and illnesses at fair rates. For more, visit www.bwc.ohio.gov.
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