One of the most common ways for people to commit fraud against workers’ compensation programs is to keep working in some other capacity while collecting benefits related to their last job. (The job they left because they were deemed unable to work.) Some people don’t see this extension of benefits as a big deal, but it is. It is called workers’ compensation fraud. (What if everyone did that? The pot of workers’ compensation benefits would soon be empty.)
An Ohio man was recently sentenced to six months behind bars for defrauding the Ohio State workers’ compensation program of thousands of dollars.
Deangelo Speed, 28, of Columbus, was a pizza delivery driver in 2009 when he suffered an injury that kept him from working. As a result, he qualified for and began to receive temporary workers’ compensation benefits. But an investigation found that Speed worked as a truck driver between October 2015 and January 2017 while he was still collecting workers’ compensation benefits from the 2009 injury. (As his last name suggests, the perpetrator tried to pull a fast one.)
“If you can climb in and out of a truck and drive for hours, then you shouldn’t be collecting workers’ compensation benefits,” Bureau of Workers’ Compensation CEO Stephanie McCloud said. The judge saw through his erroneous claim.)
The judge ordered Deangelo to pay $7,600 in restitution and suspended the jail time for six months of probation. If he doesn’t come up with the money, he’ll go directly to jail.
Today’s Fraud of the Day comes from the article, “Ohio Truck Driver Convicted of Workers’ Comp Fraud,” published Dec. 18, 2019 on WorkCompWire.
Columbus, OH – A Shaker Heights truck driver was recently convicted of workers’ compensation fraud after the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation discovered he continued to work while collecting benefits for a workplace injury he suffered 10 years ago.
Deangelo Speed pleaded guilty Dec. 2 in a Franklin County courtroom to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud. The judge ordered Speed to pay BWC $7,599 in restitution and court costs by March 2, 2020.