For immediate release: August 1, 2012
Data cross match nets workers' comp fraud conviction
COLUMBUS - A Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) woman pleaded guilty to fraud after her name appeared in a cross match of
data shared by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, indicating
she was breaking the law. Renee Washington has been ordered to repay more than $16,000 she was paid while working in
violation of the benefits she was receiving after sustaining a workplace injury.
"Our investigators are able to learn a lot just digging into data we have within BWC, and data we receive through cross matches like
this,' said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. 'As careful someone may be about hiding their work activities, there are a number
of other possible ways we can identify the red flags of fraud."
BWC's Special Investigations Department (SID) began investigating after receiving a cross match from the Department of Job and Family
Services indicating Washington was paid wages by A-1 Health Care and Concordia Care.
Investigators found Washington continued employment as a part-time home health aide with A-1 Nursing Care while receiving Temporary
Total Disability and Living Maintenance benefits. Washington admitted to her work activity and cooperated with the investigation.
The Ohio Industrial Commission issued a finding of fraud in February and Washington appeared in a Franklin County courtroom July 18.
She pleaded guilty to one felony count of workers' compensation fraud and was sentenced to five years community control. She also
must pay $16,202.79 in restitution.
A photo of Renee Washington is available here.
To report suspected workers' compensation fraud, call 1-800-OHIOBWC, visit ohiobwc.com, or visit
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