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First comp fraud conviction didn’t drive change for Ohio man


Seventy-year-old truck driver Jeffrey Janson took on four side jobs while out on a workers compensation injury that garnered him more than $141,500 in benefits — resulting in his second workers comp fraud conviction in 10 years, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation reported Friday.

Mr. Janson, who lives in Washington Court House, Ohio, pleaded guilty to felony workers compensation fraud on Monday, the BWC reported.

A judge sentenced him to six months in jail, suspended for three years of probation, and ordered him to pay restitution of $141,578 to BWC, which reported that Mr. Janson was previously convicted of felony workers compensation fraud in July 2010.

“Most people learn a lesson after a conviction for workers’ compensation fraud,” said BWC Administrator-CEO Stephanie McCloud in a statement. “Obviously, that’s not the case with Mr. Janson, who tempted fate again and was caught a second time by our investigators.”