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OFF BEAT: Man blows workers comp scam by showing off at the gym


A 90-pound weakling might have gotten away with workers compensation fraud requiring him to fake that he couldn’t lift even 10 pounds, but an Ohio man caught repeatedly bench-pressing 500 pounds couldn’t pull off the scam.

According to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Jason Dross received workers compensation benefits for “nonworking wage loss.” These benefits are paid to injured workers unable to find employment because of physical restrictions.

Mr. Dross claimed he was looking for a job, but couldn’t find one meeting his physical limitation of not being able to lift more than 10 pounds.

The trouble is that someone tipped off investigators, who videotaped Mr. Dross bench-pressing 500 pounds repeatedly over a monthlong period.

He eventually pleaded guilty to one count of workers comp fraud and was recently sentenced nine months in jail. But that was suspended for three years of probation.

He must also maintain employment and pay restitution totaling nearly $32,000.

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