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Ohio trucker claims injury, works as sand blaster on side
January 21, 2019, Zaneville, OH
A local truck driver will have to return nearly $8,000 in worker's comp benefits he collected while working under the table.
Douglas J. Krouskoupf, 53, of Zaneville pleaded guilty in Franklin County Common Pleas to a first-degree misdemeanor of workers compensation fraud. In addition to paying the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation $7,924 in restitution, Krouskoupf was sentenced to 180 days in jail.
The charges were filed following a BWC investigation.
“We found Mr. Krouskoupf working for his brother’s sandblasting business on multiple occasions and that he was also driving a semi-truck while collecting BWC benefits,” said Jim Wernecke, director of BWC’s special investigations department. “Our benefits are for people who suffer a workplace injury and can’t do their job. Mr. Krouskoupf clearly doesn’t fit into that category.”
Krouskoupf was injured during his work as a truck driver in February 2014.
Krouskoupf was one of seven individuals BWC filed charges against for fraud in December.
Jason Dudas of Mentor pleaded guilty to one count of workers compensation fraud after BWC found him working as a handyman while receiving benefits. He was ordered to pay $5,073 in restitution and serve three years of non-reporting probation.
Gabriel Seda pleaded guilty to workers compensation fraud after he was found to be working as a landscaper while receiving BWC benefits. He was ordered to reimburse BWC $33,960 and sentenced him to five years of probation in lieu of a year in prison.
John House, Chris Kraft and Lynn Howard, owners of the Old Crow Bar of Middletown each pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after BWC discovered they weren’t carrying workers compensation coverage on their business. House was sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined him $200 and $90 in court costs. Kraft and Howard were both sentenced to one day in jail and fined $100 and $90 in court costs.
Brian Lang, dba Outdoor Inspirations of Holland, pleaded guilty attempted failure to comply with the law after BWC discovered him running a business without workers compensation coverage. A judge scheduled sentencing for Jan. 28 after Lang paid $5,304 toward the balance he owes BWC.
Beth Turner, doing business as Flashions Ltd of Springfield, pleaded guilty to failure to comply, after BWC found her operating her business without workers compensation coverage. Turner was fined $100 and court costs.
BWC fined 94 individuals in 2018 for violating workers compensation laws.
To report suspected workers’ compensation fraud, call 1-800-644-6292 or visit bwc.ohio.gov.
Source: Times Recorder