Home > Press Releases & Case Information > Lancaster man sentenced for workers’ comp fraud

Lancaster man sentenced for workers’ comp fraud

COLUMBUS – A Lancaster (Fairfield County) man has been sentenced for fraud following an Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) investigation that revealed his work as a chef while receiving workers’ compensation benefits.  Jean-Michel Matos must repay $17,188.86 he collected while working and simultaneously receiving benefits for a workplace injury.

“Signs of wrongdoing can become visible at many points both inside and outside of BWC and in this case, our staff working with employers recognized the red flags,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “This case serves as a reminder to anyone committing fraud against the workers’ compensation system that there are several ways you can raise suspicion without knowing it.”

BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) received an allegation from a Customer Service Specialist who suspected that Matos may be working as a chef, a violation of the rules associated with receiving temporary total disability benefits. BWC agents conducted an undercover operation at one of Matos’ events and confirmed he was working as a chef and learned he worked an additional nine events over a five month period.

Matos pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 15 in a Franklin County courtroom to a fifth degree felony count of theft.  He was sentenced to community control for a five year period and will serve eight months in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction if he violates the terms.  He was also ordered Matos to pay the $17,000 in restitution to BWC.

To report suspected workers’ compensation fraud, call 1-800-OHIOBWC, visit ohiobwc.com, or visit www.facebook.com/ohiobwcfraud.


  1. September 4, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    However, when a player in the NFL does something that is blatantly dirty, not only will he
    be penalized, but he is usually fined by the league as well as his team.
    Initially slipped from a Sony EU executive than listed by on-line retailers,
    Grand Turismo 6 is one of the worst kept gaming secrets
    of 2013. Losing the first four games of the season would be disastrous for
    most NFL squads.

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: