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Brunswick Man Caught Running Roofing Company While on Workers’ Comp

George Seiber sentenced in fraud case, must repay more than $24,000

A Brunswick (Medina County) business owner has been sentenced following a fraud investigation that showed he was operating his business in violation of the law that forbids injured workers from working while receiving benefits from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). George Seiber was ordered by a Franklin County judge last week to repay more than $24,000 he received while he was working and simultaneously receiving Temporary Total Disability benefits.

“The law is very clear in forbidding employment or running a business while receiving workers’ comp benefits,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephen Buehrer. “Unfortunately for many of the perpetrators, BWC’s fraud staff sees these cases over and over again and is very attuned to the red flags that often signal fraudulent activity.”

BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) received a fraud allegation from a BWC employee who suspected Seiber of working while receiving Temporary Total Disability benefits. When the employee called Seiber, she received a voice message for a business called Roofer Inc. SID opened an investigation suspecting that Seiber may be working at Roofer Inc. The investigation found Seiber owned and operated the company and performed work activities including contacting customers, appraising roofs, preparing proposals, supervising staff, and handling money transactions.

Seiber pleaded guilty August 10, 2011, in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. On September 27, Seiber was sentenced to 12 months incarceration, suspended, and five years of community control. He was also ordered to pay restitution to in the amount of $24,883.88, including $1,000 for investigative costs.

If you suspect that a subject is committing workers’ compensation fraud, let us know. You may report it online at http://bit.ly/reportfraud or you may speak with a fraud hotline agent by calling 1-800-OHIOBWC.

https://www.ohiobwc.com/home/current/releases/2011/100411.asp

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