Ohio Man Sentenced for Workers’ Comp Fraud

March 14, 2005

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) announced a Mahoning County man has been sentenced for a felony charge of workers’ compensation fraud.

Joseph Lesniewski was sentenced to five years probation, ordered to pay $97,457.28 in restitution and investigative costs.

An automated detection and intelligence team (AD&I) cross match with the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services alerted BWC’s special investigations unit (SIU) that Lesniewski was receiving wages while collecting workers’ compensation benefits. During the investigation, the SIU revealed that Lesniewski was employed by seven employers between February 2000 and April 2002.

Lesniewski reportedly suffered injuries to his back and hip in July 1998 while working for Penzoil Company as a sales representative. BWC awarded Lesniewski temporary total and living maintenance benefits for his injuries.

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