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Truck driver guilty of workers’ comp fraud

For immediate release: May 18, 2018

COLUMBUS — A truck driver from northeast Ohio must pay more than $12,000 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) after the agency’s investigators found him working again while collecting disability benefits.

Marshall Winn IV of Niles in Trumbull County pleaded guilty Wednesday to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. A judge sentenced him to five years of probation in lieu of nine months in prison and ordered him to pay BWC $12,450 and court costs.

“Mr. Winn was injured in 2014 and claimed he was disabled from work, but we found evidence that he started working again in January 2015 and that he was running his own trucking business,” said Jim Wernecke, director of BWC’s special investigations department.

For a photo of Winn, click here.

In other fraud news, a Dayton office worker pleaded guilty May 9 to a first-degree misdemeanor theft charge after BWC found her working for nearly five months in 2016 while collecting BWC benefits.

A judge fined Brooke Mobley $200 plus court costs in lieu of a 60-day jail sentence. Mobley paid BWC $5,455 in restitution prior to her sentencing.

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

 

Media Contacts:
 
Melissa Vince, 614-466-2956 or 614-202-2329, melissa.vince@bwc.state.oh.us

Tony Gottschlich, 614-644-4940 or 614-296-1734, anthony.gottschlich@bwc.state.oh.us


Established in 1912, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio and serves 242,000 public and private employers. With 1,800 employees and assets of approximately $29 billion, BWC is the largest state-run insurance system in the United States. Our mission is to protect Ohio's workers and employers through the prevention, care and management of workplace injuries and illnesses at fair rates. For more, visit www.bwc.ohio.gov.