Columbus, OH – Terrance O. Smith, of Bedford in Cuyahoga County, was recently sentenced in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a fifth-degree felony. He pleaded guilty to the charge in June.
SID received an internal allegation that Smith faxed records to BWC from a recycling business. Investigators found that Smith returned to work as a laborer for the recycling business while receiving non-working wage loss benefits from May 2010 to January 2014. This type of benefit is reserved for claimants that are unable to find employment, and they must demonstrate that they’re trying to secure employment within their physical restrictions.
Smith was ordered to pay $27,099.08 in restitution to BWC and was sentenced to five years of community control. If he fails to abide by the terms of his probation, he could face a year in jail.
Source: Ohio BWC SID