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Nearly $40K in restitution ordered after forgery conviction

NEWS RELEASE

July 15, 2022

COLUMBUS — Carol Gamble pleaded guilty to two fifth-degree felony counts; one count of workers’ compensation fraud and one count of forgery. Ms. Gamble was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $39,186.46 to the Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) and was given 24 months of community control. 

On March 21, 2021, BWC's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) received an allegation indicating claimant, Edmond Gamble, passed away on April 4, 2016; however, compensation payments continued to be electronically deposited into a bank account held by Carol Gamble, Edmond Gamble’s daughter.

After his death, Carol continued to complete Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Annual Contact Letters on behalf of her father and submitted them to BWC. As the PTD contact letters submitted by Carol Gamble to BWC indicated the claimant was living, BWC continued to pay benefits.

SIU’s investigation found Carol Gamble failed to notify BWC of the claimant’s death and from April 5, 2016 through March 13, 2021 she kept benefits, totaling $39,186.46, deposited by BWC.

On June 28, 2022, Carol Gamble pleaded guilty to two fifth-degree felony counts and was ordered to pay the $39,186.46 in restitution to BWC and was given 24 months of community control. 

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Media Contacts:
Kim Norris, 614-728-8045 or 614-361-0202, kimberly.norris@bwc.state.oh.us