Ohio Business Owner Found Guilty of Workers’ Compensation Fraud
According to Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), the owner of Cleveland Tire & Wheel has been found guilty of failing to provide workers’ compensation for his employees. To keep his actions clandestine, the owner altered payroll records. According to the CEO of the BWC, his “failure to secure workers’ compensation insurance jeopardizes funds allocated for Ohio workers and employers who follow the law. BWC is committed to investigating and prosecuting any type of fraud that undermines the care of an injured worker and their ability to return to work.”
The Special Investigations Department of the BWC got wind of the business owner’s fraudulent practices and sent a series of corrective notifications via the BWC’s Employer Compliance Department and the Employer Fraud Team. Cleveland Tire & Wheel’s dishonest business practices reached a climax when three employees were injured and required $30,000 in workers’ compensation funds, which had to come from the State Insurance Fund.
The owner received a 120-day prison sentence after pleading guilty to the felony. Interestingly, the conviction violates the parole he is currently serving for unrelated drug charges in Texas, which could increase his sentence to 99 years.
My Employer Does Not Provide Workers’ Compensation. What Can I Do?
If your employer is engaging in fraudulent or negligent behavior at your expense, contact us and we can help. Our attorneys specialize in workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, and on-the-job accidents and injuries. We will ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve and fight to hold your negligent employer accountable for your suffering.
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[Did You Know: The BWC collected $1.93 billion of employer premiums in 2011.]
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Source: https://www.bwc.ohio.gov/home/current/releases/2013/082313.asp, http://www.nfib.com/nfib-in-my-state/nfib-in-my-state-content?cmsid=59596