March 21, 2018

Ohio Woman Commits Fraud Seeking Medical Benefits through Workers’ Comp

Columbus, OH – A Columbus woman pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud last week after filing three false claims for medical benefits since 2012.

Shardette Nyarko, 36, pleaded guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor charge of workers’ compensation fraud in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. A judge fined her $100, then suspended the fine.

Investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation discovered Nyarko’s false claims last year while conducting a routine review of disallowed injury claims. They found Nyarko filed a false claim in April 2016 and two in 2012. Nyarko stated in her claims that she was at work at the time of her injuries, but investigators determined she was not employed at the time she said she was injured.

When questioned by investigators, Nyarko explained that she needed medical treatment she could not afford.

Source: Ohio BWC SID

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