Facebook Post Leads Ohio Fraud Investigators to Alabama
Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - A Cincinnati (Hamilton County) woman was brought to justice in Ohio after workers' compensation investigators spotted a Facebook post where she had publicly tagged herself at a Wal-Mart store in Alabama.
Angela Knapper was sentenced Nov. 18, 2014 in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas for working while receiving workplace injury benefits. She pleaded guilty to one count of workers' compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor.
BWC began investigating Knapper when its Special Investigations Department identified that she earned wages while receiving disability benefits. Investigators found that she worked as a nursing assistant for three companies in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky in 2011 and 2012 while collecting various types of workers' compensation benefits.
A warrant was issued for Knapper's arrest on June 20, 2013 when she failed to show up for her arraignment, and she was arrested on June 3, 2014 in Birmingham, Alabama. Investigators learned of her whereabouts after she tagged herself at a Wal-Mart store. SID advised local authorities, who arrested her.
Knapper was ordered to pay $8,252.23 in restitution to BWC and was placed on community control with basic supervision for three years. If she violates the terms of her community control, Knapper will serve six months in jail.
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