OH Woman Admits To WC Fraud, Ordered To Repay $15,000

                               Columbus, OH (CompNewsNetwork) - A Lancaster (Fairfield County) woman was sentenced yesterday in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court after pleading guilty to workers' compensation fraud, a fifth degree felony. The plea came as a result of an Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) investigation that revealed Robin Mallory was working while receiving benefits for a workplace injury.

“Workers' compensation benefits provide critical support to Ohio workers who have been injured on the job and legitimately require a period of recovery until they can return to work,” said BWC Administrator Steve Buehrer. “Workers who feign injury or attempt to fraudulently lengthen their benefit period are placing an unfair burden on their employers and abusing the system.”

BWC's Special Investigation Department (SID) initiated an investigation in 2007 after receiving an internal allegation that Mallory was inaccurately reporting the extent of her disability to her physician. The investigation revealed Mallory received wages from six different employers during the same period she was receiving Temporary Total Disability benefits and she intentionally concealed her employment in order to continue receiving benefits.

Mallory was sentenced to six months incarceration, suspended for a 30 month term of community control, and 25 hours of community service. She was also ordered to pay BWC $15,353.48 in restitution and $2,000 in investigative costs.

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