HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A Hamilton man has pleaded guilty after he was caught on video working while receiving workers' compensation benefits.
David Jenkins pleaded guilty to fraud and was ordered to pay $7,000 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, which discovered he was working for a scrap materials processor while he was supposedly unable to work while recovering from a prior workplace injury.
BWC's Special Investigation Department initiated an investigation after receiving an allegation that Jenkins had been scrapping materials at a Hamilton business while on Temporary Total Disability. The investigation and surveillance video showed Jenkins was scrapping for a three month period while he was prohibited to work. Records indicated he was even scrapping on the same days he was examined by his physician for his work-related injury.
Jenkins entered his guilty plea March 13 and was ordered to repay BWC $6,463.25 in addition to $536.75 for investigative costs. He was also sentenced to 180 days in prison suspended and five years of community control. If Jenkins has any other convictions while on community control, his probation will be revoked and he will serve the prison time.