Columbus, OH – A Marysville truck driver was recently convicted of workers’ compensation fraud after the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation discovered he continued to work while collecting BWC benefits for a workplace injury he suffered more than a decade ago.
Everett Ferryman pleaded guilty in a Franklin County courtroom to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud. The judge ordered Ferryman to pay BWC $22,851 in restitution and serve probation for five years or until restitution was paid, whichever came first. She also imposed a suspended sentence of a year in prison.
“The law is clear — our benefits are for workers who are truly injured,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud. “They’re not a support system for people trying to cheat BWC and Ohio employers.”
Acting on a tip in 2017, BWC’s Special Investigations Department found Ferryman working as a truck driver while collecting BWC benefits from at least March 27, 2017, to Oct. 31, 2017. He was injured as a truck driver in May 2008 and had received temporary disability benefits from BWC periodically since then.
Source: Ohio BWC SID