Columbus, OH – A Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) man must repay more than $30,000 after he was discovered working as a real estate agent while collecting injured worker benefits. Greg Robinson pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud after an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation revealed his wrongdoing.
“There are undoubtedly many people who would jump at the opportunity to collect $30,000 on top of their income, but they would never consider it if it involved committing fraud,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “Those who commit workers’ comp fraud are unfairly drawing resources away from the majority who are only interested in utilizing the system to assist in recovery and return to work.”
BWC’s Special Investigations Department began investigating after receiving an allegation that Robinson was selling real estate while receiving temporary total disability benefits for an injury that occurred while he was a custodian for the Berea schools. The investigation found that after his injury, Robinson worked for two real estate agencies selling homes and conducting broker price opinions of properties.
Robinson pleaded guilty to one count of felony count of workers’ compensation fraud. He was sentenced to six months incarceration, suspended for five years of community control. As a condition of his community control, Robinson must pay restitution in the amount of $31,305.87.
Source: Ohio BWC