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Knox County nurse sentenced for workers’ comp fraud

COLUMBUS – A Howard (Knox County) woman was sentenced for working as a nurse while receiving Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) funds for a prior workplace injury. Carolann Humberston was sentenced March 12 and ordered to repay more than $11,000 she improperly collected from BWC.

“Ms. Humberston continued working as an in-home healthcare provider after her injury, and understood she was doing so in direct conflict with her workers’ comp benefits,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “Fortunately, she repaid those funds, and now they can be use to assist those who really need them.”

Temporary total disability benefits are usually the first form of compensation awarded during an injured worker’s recovery from a work-related injury. An injured worker cannot work and receive temporary total disability payments.

BWC’s Intelligence Unit reported that an Ohio Department of Job and Family Services wage cross match indicated that Humberston earned wages from a Columbus business during the same time period she received the BWC funds. The investigation produced evidence that Humberston knowingly worked as a nurse while receiving temporary total disability benefits.

Humberston pleaded guilty March 12 to one count of workers’ comp fraud, a fifth-degree felony. She was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for a year of community control. She was ordered to pay restitution to BWC in the amount of $11,157.03, plus court costs. Humberston presented a check for the entire amount. Community control will end upon payment of court costs.

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

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  1. Brian Hall
    December 9, 2017 at 8:05 am

    What can be done when BWC becomes fraudulent towards the injuried victum. What about the fact ive been on bwc for 2yrs now and going for another yr or 2. My work related auto accident left me with many MAJOR PROBLEM/ISSUES, and only just a FEW MINOR PROBLEM.. I can say this BWC was the reason for all my delays. Once Osu medical twam faxed ovet my emergency report to ohio comp/ohio bwc workers comp “**accidently entered all my body limbs listed covered on the wron limbs. ( example= fractured and broken toes 2of them on my lefy foot. Seriously my left foot. what bwc had listed on their final report? That my right foot had a fractured/broken bones. They did this throughout my enture conditions and once the smokr was fianlky cleared and paperwork doc are finally corrct, now they deny everything because I didnt complain enough ar its been to long since my accident. Heres couple my surgeries
    Left forwarm med size auto glass embeded in muscle I glass chunk.
    **6months of fighting their denials from their own messed up paperwork my surgery gets approved, by time doctor got my arm cut open it was like small pieces of glitter EVERYWHERE,
    AN ACL REPAIR AND MEDIAL MENUSCUS REBUILD littlle tear in the acl and the medial men had a large loop like tear and had flipped itself over wedging itself betweem my knee can and lower leg bones causin large amounts of pain and that surgery didnt get approved until march of following year (accident-06/12/2015=arm sur==01/11/2016…..left knee rebuild==03/02/2016.
    I have downgraded twice and been evicted 1time (court ruling) but got that caught up. Faced a nother eviction, had to have my daugther stay with my sister for 4 1\2months becuase no money coming in (bwc claimed all I had was a dislocated knee and that dont cover for that) no koney f or medication always in pain
    SO I ASK YOU OHIO WORKER COMP WHERE IS MY SHARE FROM THIS WOMANS CRIME WHEN CAN I STOP SUFFERING? EVERYDAY DEALING WITH BWC AND OF COURSE THE BILL COLLECTORS BWC ALWAYS FORGETS ABOUT WHEN THEY ARE PLAYING US LIKE LIL PUPPETS, DEALING WITH ALL THIS DAY TO DAY FOR OVER 2YRS ITS LIKE IM RELIVING THE ACCIDENT AGAIN AND AGIN &AGAIN ……..ETC. WHEN WILL SOMETHING BEEN DONE ON BWC’S GREED AND BLACK HEARTS BE DEALT WITH JUST LIKE ANY OTHER AVG JOE MIKE SAM KIM KELKY WORKING HVAC OR BURGR KING WOULD HAD CAUSE SOMEONES ACCIDENT OR SUPPOSE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING THAT PERSON BETTER, AND THEN BAIL OUT JUST SAY N8PE NO MO TREATMENT BUDDY MA’AM, SEE WHAT HAPPENS, DEPUTIES AT YOUR DOOR WITH WARRENT PAPERS FOR NON CONPLIANCE, WHERE IS DEPUTIES WHEN BWC IS DOING ESCAT SAME DAMN THING NO WHERE ARRWSTING AND WORKERS FROM SPRING ST COLUMBUS

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