That’s Quite A Rap


When the filming of a movie or television show is finished, producers commonly say, “That’s a wrap,” meaning everyone can go home because their work is finished for the day. As prosecutors were wrapping up the conviction of a Bellefontaine, Ohio man on charges for various and sundry crimes, his extensive rap sheet also revealed that he committed workers compensation fraud.

Today’s fraudster had a long rap sheet. He was ultimately convicted on charges related to breaking and entering, gross sexual imposition, burglary and other charges. As if that were not enough, the Bellefontaine man was also guilty of workers compensation fraud because he was secretly working while collecting disability benefits. (It’s not good to keep secrets from government institutions that give you free money.)

The Columbus, Ohio-area man popped up on the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) radar screen after an anonymous tip was made asserting that today’s fraudster was working on a horse farm while collecting disability benefits from his former employer, Rent-A-Center. (One would think that working on a horse farm would be quite strenuous and not conducive for disabled individuals. Do you get where I’m trotting off to here?) It wasn’t long before BWCinvestigators confirmed the tip.

As I mentioned earlier, workers compensation fraud was not the only conviction for the Ohio man. In addition to being ordered to pay nearly $6,400 in restitution to Rent-A-Center and the Ohio BWC, the 32-year-old was also sentenced to six years in prison on five counts of gross sexual imposition, two counts of workers compensation fraud, two counts of failure to appear in court and single counts of receiving stolen property, theft, breaking and entering and criminal damaging. (It looks like prosecutors successfully piled on the punishment for this man’s crimes. It will take him some time – six years to be exact – to dig out from all of the horse poo he is now under.)

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Ohio Man Sentenced for Workers’ Comp Fraud,” posted on on March 25, 2019.  

Columbus, OH – On the day he was sentenced to prison for breaking and entering, gross sexual imposition, burglary and other charges, a Bellefontaine man was also ordered to pay nearly $6,400 in restitution to his employer and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) for collecting disability benefits while secretly working another job.

Joseph A. Wilson, 32, was sentenced to six years in prison March 8 on multiple charges, including reduced charges related to workers’ compensation fraud — petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, and failure to appear in court, a fourth-degree felony. A judge in the Logan County Court of Common Pleas ordered Wilson to reimburse his employer (Rent-A-Center) $2,904 and pay BWC $3,469 for the cost of its investigation.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.