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Wash. plumber in hot water over comp scam gets 45 days in detention

Wash. plumber in hot water over comp scam gets 45 days in detention

An Auburn, Washington, plumber’s dream of running his own business while collecting workers compensation benefits from a previous job has gone down the drain.

Bobby Eugene Stepp, 66, has been sentenced to serve 45 days in detention after pleading guilty to first-degree theft. This, after claiming he wasn't working due to an on-the-job injury stemming from 2004 and all the while running his own plumbing business that took in more than $144,000, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries announced Friday.

The department began investigating Mr. Stepp in 2015 after a routine cross-match of Employment Security Department and L&I records showed he was earning wages after signing official forms stating he could not work, and was not working because of his 2004 injury, according to a press release.






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