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Ohio convicts three for workers compensation fraud

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A funeral home worker and two cleaning company owners owe the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation a total of $30,000 after pleading guilty to workers compensation fraud or related charges in January.

The bureau said Friday that investigators found Columbus, Ohio-based Oran Lewis worked for two funeral homes as a funeral procession escort while collecting injured worker benefits; Mr. Lewis must pay $10,442 in restitution to the bureau.

In addition, Hudson, Ohio-based Amanda Joy Klapp was found to be operating her business, Amanda Joy Cleaning Co. L.L.C., without workers comp coverage and must pay $14,000 in restitution to the bureau; and Columbus-based Robert Settlemoir was found to be operating Pro Clean Carpet and Upholstery without workers comp coverage and must pay restitution of $5,482.

“The money we recover from people trying to cheat our system will go where it rightfully belongs, taking care of injured workers and helping employers create safer workplaces across this state,” said Jim Wernecke, Columbus-based director of the bureau’s special investigations department.