Columbus handyman pleads guilty to workers’ comp fraud

A Columbus handyman pleads guilty to workers’ compensation fraud and owes over $41,000 in reimbursements. (Courtesy: Ohio BWC)

A maintenance man for a mobile home park owes his former employer, TS Tech USA Corporation, more than $41,000.

Jason C. Smith, 35, plead guilty to a felony count of workers’ compensation fraud Tuesday. Along with having to repay the money, a judge also sentenced him to a year in jail which was suspended in exchange for three years’ probation.

Going off a tip, investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation found out Smith was working for a mobile home park and for private individuals for almost two years while receiving $41,413 in disability benefits from TS Tech.

“You can’t claim you’re disabled and collect benefits from BWC or your employer when you’re also working under the radar and making a living,” Jim Wernecke, BWC’s special investigations department director said. “Workers’ comp benefits are for people who truly can’t work because they were injured on the job, not people who want to cheat the system and pad their income.”

To report suspected workers’ compensation fraud, call 1-800-644-6292 or visit BWC Ohio's website.

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