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Workplace security cameras reduce fraud, capture evidence

A person’s character may be best measured by how they act when they think no one is looking. BWC’s fraud investigators routinely find that criminals act as if no one is looking.

However, it is increasingly likely that many people are looking and recording actions. The number of installed and active security cameras has increased, capturing more surveillance video evidence 24/7. These cameras protect the safety and security of all – both law-abiding citizens and criminals alike – in public areas, at workplaces and in residences. It only takes one video clip to bring a criminal to justice. Such was recently the case with one our fraud subjects.

Last week, we reported that Glenn Jones of Cleveland faked a workplace injury that was captured on his employer’s security video. Jones can be seen stomping a hole in the wooden floor the night before he said he was injured. On the following day, he lowers his foot into the floor and lies down on the platform, feigning injury.

Jones claimed he suffered multiple significant injuries. As part of a thorough investigation, BWC’s fraud investigators reviewed the security video provided by the employer. The video evidence confirmed that the injury did not occur as Jones had reported, and that a false claim had been filed. Jones pleaded guilty to and was sentenced Sept. 30 in Cleveland Municipal Court on one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor.

As the security video shows, before lying down on the platform to complete his staged accident, Jones looked around. He apparently sought reassurance that he was not being observed by co-workers. Fortunately, he overlooked the security camera that was constantly observing him.

For more details pertaining to our fraud prevention efforts, view our current annual report.

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


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