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Ohio construction firm tries to operate without comp

July 13, 2018, Dayton, OH — A Dayton man was one of six Ohioans convicted on charges related to workers compensation fraud, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation said.

Randall Mount of Ram Restoration at 11125 Yankee Street in Centerville was convicted of not operating with workers’ compensation coverage. Mount pleaded no contest to a second-degree misdemeanor for failure to comply after the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation found he had been operating his business without coverage since 2016. He owes more than $190,000.

The bureau worked with Mount to bring his policy up-to-date, but Mount failed to follow through, according to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

A judge advised Mount that he should come to his Aug. 13 sentencing prepared to show steps taken toward reinstatement and compliance with the law.

Mount’s construction, remodeling and restoration company has been operating since 2002, according to the company’s website.

“If these employers had just played by the rules and reached out to us for help when they were struggling, we could have had a better outcome for all involved,” said Jim Wernecke, director of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s special investigations department. “Instead, they went in a different direction and now they have a criminal record in addition to their unpaid BWC premiums.”

The six convicted in June include five employers and one injured worker who was collecting disability benefits from the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation while working in Colorado.

Others convicted include:

Karrie Hoskisson: Former Canal Winchester resident Hoskisson worked in Colorado Springs, Colorado, while collecting benefits from the Bureau.

John Triskett: Triskett was convicted after the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation found that The Gyro Spot of Parma lacked workers’ compensation coverage. Triskett owes $1,140 in restitution.

Jason Brown: Brown of Bolts Carriers in Bellefontaine was convicted of failure to comply because the company’s policy had been lapsed since September 2015. He had paid about $19,000 toward his $55,000 balance prior to sentencing.

Howard McIntosh: McIntosh of Custom Canvas in Lakeview paid $1,000 toward the $23,000 he owes after being convicted of failure to comply.

Stephen Frair: Frair was also convicted of failure to comply after letting his policy lapse in July 2015.

Source: Dayton Daily News

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