COLUMBUS — The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) secured 14 fraud-related convictions in October, with those convicted owing BWC a combined $283,146 in restitution.

Those convicted include injured workers found working while collecting disability benefits, family members collecting their deceased parent’s compensation benefits, and business owners whose coverage had lapsed.

BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud

“When people cheat BWC or fail to cover their own employees, they are cheating the injured workers who really need our help and the employers in our system that follow the law.”

In order of most recent court appearance, those convicted in October included:

Jason Rissner of Rockford, Ohio

Rissner pleaded guilty Oct. 9 in Mercer County Common Pleas Court to one count of petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, after he was caught operating his own construction company while receiving $35,261 in temporary total disability benefits from his employer, O’Reilly Auto Parts. He was ordered to spend 180 days in jail, which would be suspended if he committed no more crimes within a year and pay full restitution to O’Reilly.

To report suspected workers’ compensation fraud, call 1-800-644-6292 or visit bwc.ohio.gov.