A Ohio man was ordered to repay more than $14,000 in connection with improperly receiving workplace injury benefits. Michael D. Madigan pleaded guilty May 8 in Franklin County Municipal Court to workers’ compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor.
“Workers’ compensation fraud is a crime,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “It affects the bottom line for businesses that pay into the State Insurance Fund, and that’s why we aggressively pursue all cases of suspected fraud.”
The Cambridge Special Investigation Unit (SIU) received an allegation that Madigan was operating a firearms business while receiving multiple types of benefits from the BWC.
Investigators reviewed the bank records of the firearms business. Activity in the account showed sales of firearms and some checks were written directly to Madigan. An audit report of the business indicated that Madigan was the primary person selling the firearms. The investigation conducted by the SIU confirmed that Madigan knowingly owned and operated the business, and earned income while he was receiving benefits from the BWC.
Madigan was ordered to pay $14,801.78 in restitution to the BWC, and court costs.
Source: Ohio BWC
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