Man sentenced for workers’ comp fraud

Patrick Woods sentenced for workers comp fraud in Ohio. (Photo/Ohio Department of Workers Compensation)
Patrick Woods sentenced for workers comp fraud in Ohio. (Photo/Ohio Department of Workers Compensation)

NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (WDTN) – A New Carlisle man must pay back nearly $20,000 he earned in workers’ comp while still on the job.

Patrick Woods pleaded guilty in Ross County Court to a count of workers’ compensation fraud. He lived in Chillicothe at the time.

Woods was investigated after accusations surfaced that he was operating his own heating and air conditioning company while receiving benefits.

Investigators found the bank records helped prove Woods’ activity.

“Misrepresenting work activity to the agency is one way some claimants attempt to commit workers’ compensation fraud,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “In fact, it is one of the more common types of fraud we’ve seen in the 61,000 cases our Special Investigations Department has closed since its founding 21 years ago.”

Woods had an 11 month prison sentence suspended, but was placed on probation and ordered to pay the nearly $20,000 in restitution to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

He must also serve 21 days of jail time intermittently and complete 200 hours of community service.

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