Truck Driver to Pay Back More Than $20,000 After Busted in Workers’ Comp Scam
Columbus, OH – An Ohio truck driver was convicted of workers’ compensation fraud last Wednesday after the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) discovered he engaged in a 7-month scheme in 2017 to collect BWC benefits for a workplace injury he suffered more than a decade ago.
On Wednesday, August 21, 2019, Everett Ferryman, 46, of Marysville, Ohio, pleaded guilty in a Franklin County courtroom to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud.
The judge ordered Ferryman to pay BWC $22,851 in restitution and serve probation for five years or until restitution was paid, whichever came first.
Additionally, the judge imposed a suspended sentence of a year in prison.
Investigators report they received a tip in 2017, that Ferryman was working as a truck driver while collecting BWC benefits.
BWC’s Special Investigations Department then looked into the matter and found that from at least March 27, 2017, to Oct. 31, 2017, Ferryman was unlawfully collecting benefits.
According to officials, Ferryman was injured as a truck driver in May 2008 and had received temporary disability benefits from BWC periodically since then.