Beacon Journal staff report
A Macedonia man has to pay more than $5,000 in restitution for working while also collecting injury benefits.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation employees posed as customers and caught Daniel Verlinger of Macedonia working at a shoe repair store.
Verlinger pleaded guilty on Feb. 26 in Franklin County court to attempted theft.
“We received an allegation that Mr. Verlinger continued to work at his business while receiving BWC benefits intended to assist injured workers who are unable to work,” Bureau of Workers’ Compensation CEO Steve Buehrer said in a release. “Workers’ compensation fraud is a crime. Our agents conducted a thorough investigation, and were able to get compelling evidence on video to bring this crime to light.”
Verlinger has to pay $5,371.95 in restitution. He was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail, but it was suspended for five years of community control.