Columbus, OH – A Cuyahoga Falls (Summit County) flight attendant was ordered to repay nearly $4,000 to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) for working while receiving workplace injury benefits. Brieanna Younglove pleaded guilty Jan. 9 to one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor.
“Ms. Younglove decided to return to work as a restaurant server while she was supposed to be recovering from an injury that occurred when she was a flight attendant,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “Working while receiving this type of benefit is not permitted, and our investigators are doing a great job identifying and putting an end to cases like this one.”
In March 2012, a BWC cross match with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services revealed Younglove was earning wages while receiving temporary total benefits. BWC’s Northeast Regional Special Investigations Department conducted an investigation. Employment records verified Younglove returned to work as a restaurant server.
Younglove was sentenced to 180 days in jail, which was suspended for three years of community control, plus she was ordered to pay a $100 fine and court costs. Terms of her probation include paying restitution to the BWC in the amount of $3,852.43.
Source: Ohio BWC