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Cleveland man finds work doesn’t pay

Work comp fraudster owes BWC $10k+ after conviction

A Cleveland man who worked for nearly a year while collecting injured-worker benefits must pay $10,498 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) after pleading guilty to workers’ compensation fraud Wednesday.

James Harris, 44, also must serve three years of probation for the fifth-degree felony, according to his sentence in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

“We got an anonymous tip that Mr. Harris was working as a laborer for a property management company, so we checked it out,” said Jim Wernecke, director of BWC’s special investigations department. “After reviewing employment records and interviewing property owners, we determined Mr. Harris was engaged in regular, ongoing work and getting paid for it. You can’t do that and claim you’re disabled from work.”

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

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