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May 9, 2014

Rock Creek man ordered to repay more than $9,000 in workers’ comp benefits

COLUMBUS — A Rock Creek man was ordered to repay more than $9,000 in connection with working while receiving workplace injury benefits.

Jack Barker pleaded guilty April 21 in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to one count of workers’ compensation fraud and one count of theft. Both are fourth-degree felonies.

“When we provide benefits to injured workers who falsely represent their employment status, Ohio employers must needlessly pick up the tab,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “We are committed to detecting workers’ compensation fraud to keep employer premiums as low as possible and to maintain the integrity of the State Insurance Fund.”

BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) received a confidential allegation that Barker was working while receiving disability benefits. Financial records were obtained and analyzed, and field interviews were conducted with the employer Barker worked for while receiving benefits. Investigators found that he collected temporary total disability benefits while working as a driver for an excavation contractor.

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