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Geauga County workers’ comp fraudster later found guilty of much more serious charge

An agent with BWC’s Special Investigations Department recently testified at the trial of a woman facing murder charges.  On Oct. 1, in the Geauga County Court of Common Pleas, Dorretta Scheffield was found guilty of murdering her husband, Randy.

SID opened an investigation into Scheffield and her daughter, Beth Rowles, in 2009 after receiving an allegation.  Rowles, was receiving benefits for a workplace injury that allowed her to work but required her to report earnings to determine benefit levels.  Investigators found Scheffield was writing checks to her daughter, Beth Rowles, for her work as a secretarial assistant at her husband’s company, Scheffield Lawns Inc. The only problem was Rowles wasn’t actually working and Scheffield wrote the checks from the business’s account so Rowles could submit copies to BWC in order to continue receiving her benefits.

Both women pleaded guilty in 2013 to felony counts of workers’ compensation fraud and served one year of community control.

Read more about Scheffield’s trial here: http://www.geaugamapleleaf.com/news/guilty-guilty-guilty-2/

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