Columbus, OH – A Shaker Heights truck driver was recently convicted of workers’ compensation fraud after the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation discovered he continued to work while collecting benefits for a workplace injury he suffered 10 years ago.
Deangelo Speed pleaded guilty Dec. 2 in a Franklin County courtroom to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud. The judge ordered Speed to pay BWC $7,599 in restitution and court costs by March 2, 2020.
The judge also sentenced Speed to a six-month jail sentence, suspended for six months of probation.
“If you can climb in and out of a truck and drive for hours, then you shouldn’t be collecting workers’ compensation benefits,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud. “Thanks to a tip and our investigation, Mr. Speed had to learn this lesson the hard way.”
BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) found Speed working as a truck driver while collecting BWC benefits from Oct. 20, 2015, through Jan. 27, 2017. He was injured as a pizza delivery driver in May 2009 and had received temporary disability benefits from BWC periodically between 2009 and 2016.
Source: Ohio BWC