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Butler County man repays $25K for workers’ comp fraud

James Crist, of Middletown (Butler County), pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 2 in Middletown Municipal Court on one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor.

A BWC employee alerted SID that Crist was difficult to contact during the day and that machinery was sometimes heard running in the background during telephone calls. Investigators found that Crist returned to work for his own business, Crist Construction LLC, while collecting temporary total disability benefits from November 2010 to August 2011. Claimants are not permitted to work while receiving this type of benefit.

Crist paid $21,579 in restitution before entering his plea in court, and paid $4,155.07 to cover the fraud investigation costs on the same day he appeared in court. He was given a suspended sentence of 180 days in jail and was also fined $500.

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