Ohio Business Owner Sentenced For Lapsed Comp Coverage
Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - A Ravenna (Portage County) business owner was ordered to pay $3,500 in connection with lapsed workers' compensation coverage. Ronald G. Larlham pleaded guilty May 12 in Portage County Municipal Court to workers' compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor.
"Businesses in Ohio cannot operate with lapsed workers' compensation coverage," said Bureau of Workers' Compensation Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. "The bureau makes good faith attempts to work with businesses to bring them into compliance, but if unsuccessful, we must take the issue to court to comply with state law and to protect the State Insurance Fund."
The BWC's compliance department referred the matter to the Special Investigations Department's Employer Fraud Team (EFT) after Larlham continued to operate his business, RGS Automotive in Ravenna, with lapsed workers' compensation coverage. He had failed to work with the compliance department to bring the company's policy back into compliance. EFT agents then made numerous attempts to bring the company's policy back into compliance. The case was referred to the Portage County Prosecutorâ€™s Office.
Larlham was sentenced to serve 180 days in jail, of which 179 days were suspended and credit was given for one day served. He was ordered to pay $3,503.14 in restitution to the BWC; it will be paid through the Ohio Attorney General's Office.
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