OH Woman Convicted In 2011 For Scheme To Obtain Narcotics Serves Time For Probation Violation

                               

Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - Tabitha Taylor, convicted for scheming with her boyfriend to obtain narcotics (see 2011 news release), recently served six days in jail for a second violation of her probation. In August, 2011, Taylor was sentenced 180 days of suspended incarceration and was placed on five years of community control. She was ordered to pay restitution of $12,064.07 ($8,064.07 restitution plus $4,000 investigative costs), for which she is jointly and severally liable with Jeffrey Davis, who previously pleaded guilty to one felony count of workers' compensation fraud.

BWC's 2010 investigation found that Davis initiated a scheme by assisting his girlfriend, Taylor, in filing a workers' compensation claim against his business, Davis Trucking. The couple claimed Taylor sustained an injury on the job while working for Davis Trucking, although she had never been an employee. It was later revealed that her injury actually occurred as a result of a domestic dispute between Taylor and a prior boyfriend.

Davis eventually admitted that he was the mastermind behind the filing of the false claim, instructing Taylor on what to say to the doctors, how to act, and how to complete paperwork claiming a workplace injury. Taylor cooperated in the prosecution of Davis and explained that he persuaded her to file the claim as a means for obtaining free medical treatment for her injury and narcotics for them both.

A hearing was held in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on Sept. 20 after Taylor failed to follow the terms of her probation as ordered by the court. Franklin County filed a motion to revoke her probation because she had failed to repay BWC, pay court costs, maintain employment, or obtain a drug and alcohol assessment. Since that motion was filed, Taylor had made several payments to the BWC, found a job, and completed 12 drug and alcohol classes.

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