Columbus, OH – A Twinsburg (Summit County) business owner was recently sentenced in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas on one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a fifth-degree felony. Richard Wey, owner of North Shore Security Systems Inc., 2206 Pine Tree Lane, Twinsburg, pleaded guilty to the charge on the same day.
“Falsifying workers’ compensation coverage isn’t fair to anyone involved,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “It isn’t fair to employers who pay into the system and it isn’t fair to North Shore Security Systems’ business customers. Businesses in Ohio are required to maintain workers’ compensation coverage to protect their employees and care for them if injuries occur.”
An employee from an out-of-state company tipped off BWC that Wey presented what appeared to be a valid BWC certificate of premium payment, but BWC’s website indicated that the business had lapsed coverage. BWC provides employers with a certificate to prove they have current coverage. It is a crime to alter that certificate in order to make it appear coverage has been maintained. Fraud agents interviewed Wey, who would not admit to or deny altering the document.
Wey was sentenced to eight months of incarceration, which was suspended, and two years of community control. He was ordered to pay $3,587.63 in restitution, plus court costs, and was ordered to not have any additional law violations.
Source: Ohio BWC SID