Here’s a Tip

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Tips are great because they help us to make better choices, save time, and keep us out of trouble. An Ohio prison guard must not have read the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) guide that explains, ”once you return to work, temporary total [worker’s compensation] benefits cease.” (As you might guess, he returned to work, but kept receiving the benefits.)

The BWC’s Special Investigation Department received a tip that the prison guard may be working following a call from a managed care organization to the man’s home. (The person who answered the call explained that the man was not there, but at work. Oops.) The prison guard had failed to notify with BWC that he had returned to work and continued to withdraw the temporary total disability benefits from his benefit debit card.

The man pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of workers’ compensation fraud. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, but the jail term was suspended for a five-year probation period. The prison guard is also required to pay back the BWC $5,918 in restitution. His probation could be terminated if he pays the full amount in a shorter period.

I find it curious that this man worked with criminals and knew what he was getting himself into by not properly notifying the BWC that he had returned to work. Here’s a tip – if you don’t want to end up with a criminal record, don’t exercise poor judgement and lie about your situation to the government.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Prison guard cheats workers’ comp system, must reimburse BWC,” published by the Ohio Bureaus of Workers’ Compensation Special Investigations Department on January 20, 2017.

A Ross County prison guard must pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation nearly $6,000 in restitution after investigators found him working while collecting injured workers’ benefits.

Jason E. Chamberlin of Kingston, about 11 miles northeast of Chillicothe, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of workers’ compensation fraud Jan. 12 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

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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.