WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A Warren County woman must repay more than $13,000 after an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) that revealed she was working while collecting workers' compensation benefits.
Pamela Meyers pleaded guilty to a felony count of workers' compensation fraud related to her work as a bus driver while receiving disability payments for a workplace injury she sustained while working as a driving instructor.
"BWC investigators' careful monitoring of claims again proved successful in identifying abuse of the system," said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephen Buehrer. "Employers are overwhelmingly supportive of their injured workers and work hard to maintain safe workplaces, and we will not allow fraudulent activity to unfairly raise their premiums."
BWC's Special Investigations Department opened an investigation after detecting that Meyers was collecting wages while on Temporary Total Disability. Investigators found she worked as a driver the Little Miami School District in Morrow from July 20, 2006 to September 4, 2006, and from March 12, 2007 to September 16, 2007, in violation of the rules associated with receiving those benefits.
Meyers was sentenced in a Franklin County courtroom to five years of community control, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $11,396.10, court costs and investigative costs totaling $2,000. Meyers will serve 12 months in prison if she violates community control. She made a payment of $7,000 toward restitution on the day of sentencing.