March 15, 2018

Ohio Man Coached Basketball, Provided Lawn Care Services While on Workers’ Comp

Columbus, OH – Nelsonville (Athens County) man pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of workers’ compensation fraud. Brent Taylor was ordered by a judge in Franklin County to pay restitution of $30,000.

SID opened an investigation after receiving an allegation that Taylor was engaged in work activity while he was receiving Temporary Total Disability benefits for a workplace injury. The investigation revealed Taylor knowingly engaged in work activities while receiving this benefit that does not permit a return to work. Specifically, the investigation confirmed he worked as a girls’ basketball coach and provided lawn care services while concealing his activities from BWC.

On Sept. 14, Taylor was placed on five years of community control and ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution, with $13,500 to be paid at the time of the plea, in addition to $1,750 in investigative costs. Taylor submitted $13,500 to the Franklin County Clerk’s Office prior to his plea.

Source: Ohio BWC SID

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