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October Convictions Totaling Over $13K in Restitutions

November 26, 2021 Leave a comment Go to comments

In October, the special investigations department secured three convictions with restitutions totaling $13,185.48. This brings the total convictions for 2021 to 46. Theodore Carter, Jasmine Byrd, and Charles Finks were all convicted of workers’ compensation fraud after working while receiving workers’ compensation benefits.

Theodore Carter

Columbus, Ohio (Franklin)

The Special Investigations Department opened an investigation after its Intelligence Unit identified Theodore Carter potentially earned wages during periods he had received BWC disability benefits. Carter returned to work as a full-time machine operator and as a full-time warehouse worker through two separate staffing companies while receiving compensation benefits from BWC that he was not entitled to.

On Oct. 20, 2021, Theodore Carter pleaded guilty to one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor. Prior to entering his plea, Carter repaid $3,121.46 of restitution in full to the clerk’s office. The judge accepted Carter’s guilty plea, ordered the restitution to be paid to the BWC, and closed the case.

Jasmine Byrd

Toledo, Ohio (Lucas County)

The Special Investigations Department found Byrd was working at a local Northwest Ohio employer between July and November 2018 while receiving over $6,000 in temporary total disability benefits.

On Oct. 13, 2021, Jasmine Byrd pleaded guilty to one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor. Judge Holbrook accepted the plea and sentenced Byrd to 180 days in jail, suspended for five years of community control. Byrd was ordered to pay $6,099.30 in restitution to BWC.

Charles Finks

Groveport, Ohio (Franklin County)

The Special Investigations Department opened an investigation after its Intelligence Unit identified Charles Finks potentially earned wages during periods he had received BWC disability benefits. The investigation found that Finks was working as a welding layout fitter between December 2018 and January 2019 while receiving over $3,900 in temporary total benefits he was not entitled to.

Charles Finks pleaded guilty to one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor on Oct. 19, 2021. Prior to entering his plea, Finks paid $3,964.72 in restitution to the clerk’s office. Judge Holbrook accepted the plea and sentenced Finks to one day in jail, one day of jail time credit, and waived fines and costs.

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