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Seventeen workers comp cheats convicted in varied scams


Seventeen people were convicted last month of charges related to defrauding Ohio's workers compensation system, the state's Bureau of Workers' Compensation said Tuesday.

In addition to a chiropractor who pleaded guilty for billing for services not rendered, the bureau's special investigations department found that several employers were operating their businesses without workers comp insurance coverage or lapsed coverage, and that a handful of employees were working while receiving benefits, bureau administrator and CEO Steve Buehrer said in a statement.

In all, the 17 convicted parties have been ordered to repay Ohio's monopoly workers comp insurer more than $200,000 in restitution, according to the statement.

Robert Daniels of Pickerington, Ohio, is among employers who pleaded guilty for operating a business without workers comp coverage, the statement said. The special investigations department began investigating Mr. Daniels' Ohio Sound business after learning that the bureau's collections department received three dishonored checks in six months for a policy that had lapsed.

Mr. Daniels, who also underreported payroll, was sentenced to community control for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service within 90 days, according to the statement, which notes that he'll serve 90 days in jail if he violates the terms of his community control.

Meanwhile, Olivia Robinson of Columbus, Ohio, who pleaded guilty for operating a cleaning company and working at a conference center while collecting workers comp benefits, has been ordered to repay the bureau more than $26,000, the statement says.

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