Business owner sentenced in workers comp case

COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) - A Middletown business owner and his girlfriend have been sentenced in a case related to a scheme to file false workers' compensation claims against his company's policy in order to obtain narcotics and medical care.

According to the Ohio Bureau for Workers Compensation, Jeff Davis, owner of Davis Trucking, and Tabitha Taylor pleaded guilty to workers' compensation fraud after their wrongdoing was discovered through an investigation.

BWC investigators found that Davis initiated the scheme by assisting his girlfriend, Taylor, in filing a workers' compensation claim against Davis Trucking.  The couple claimed Taylor sustained an injury on the job while working for Davis Trucking, although she had never been an employee.  It was later revealed that her injury actually occurred as a result of a domestic dispute between Taylor and a prior boyfriend.

Davis eventually admitted that he was the mastermind behind the filing of the false claim, instructing Taylor on what to say to the doctors, how to act, and how to complete paperwork claiming a workplace injury.  Taylor cooperated in the prosecution of Davis and explained that he persuaded her to file the claim as a means for obtaining free medical treatment for her injury and narcotics for them both.

Davis was sentenced in June to a 10 month suspended prison sentence and was placed on community control for five years. Taylor was sentenced Wednesday to 180 days suspended incarceration and five years of community control.

The pair is jointly liable for paying restitution in the amount of $8,064.07 and investigative costs of $4,000.

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