Niles Trucker Guilty of Workers’ Comp Fraud

COLUMBUS , Ohio —  A truck driver from Niles must pay more than $12,000 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation after the agency’s investigators found him working again while collecting disability benefits.

Marshall Winn IV pleaded guilty Wednesday to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. A judge sentenced Winn to five years of probation in lieu of nine months in prison and ordered him to pay BWC $12,450 and court costs.

“Mr. Winn was injured in 2014 and claimed he was disabled from work, but we found evidence that he started working again in January 2015 and that he was running his own trucking business,” said Jim Wernecke, director of BWC’s special investigations department.

Meantime, a Dayton office worker pleaded guilty May 9 to a first-degree misdemeanor theft charge after BWC found her working for nearly five months in 2016 while collecting BWC benefits.

A judge fined Brooke Mobley $200 plus court costs in lieu of a 60-day jail sentence. Mobley paid BWC $5,455 in restitution before her sentencing.

To report suspected workers’ compensation fraud, call 1 800 644 6292 or go to bwc.ohio.gov.

SOURCE: Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

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