Columbus, OH – The Ohio BWC recently announced that an Alabama woman was convicted of workers’ compensation fraud last month after investigators discovered she was cashing her deceased mother’s workers’ comp checks more than a year after her mother died.
Patricia Barney pleaded guilty Jan. 23 in a Franklin County courtroom to a fifth-degree felony charge of workers’ compensation fraud. A judge sentenced Barney to five years of probation and ordered her to pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) $18,000 in restitution.
“Ms. Barney was clearly not the intended recipient of these benefits, and I’m pleased we brought her fraudulent activity to an end,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud.
BWC’s Special Investigations Department found Barney, who was an authorized user on a bank account where her mother’s BWC benefit payments were being directly deposited, continued to use funds on the account after her mother passed away in January 2017. She did so until May 2018 without notifying BWC.
Source: Ohio BWC