COLUMBUS- A Cleveland man has been placed on probation and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service for filing a false workers' compensation claim against his employer.
According to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Glenn Jones pleaded guilty and was sentenced last month on one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Officials said Jones' employer video showed him stomp a hole in a wooden floor the night before he said he was hurt.
According to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, the following day he lowered his foot into the floor and laid down on a platform.
“We’re pleased that the claim was dismissed before any benefits from the State Insurance Fund were paid out,” said Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “That fund is intended to care for workers who are truly injured.”
After receiving a tip from Jones' employer, BWC’s fraud investigators began looking into the matter.
They reviewed security video provided by the employer, and interviewed Jones and other employees.
The Ohio Bureau of Compensation said Jones claimed he suffered a number of injuries, but the investigation and video evidence confirmed those injuries did not occur and had filed a false claim.
Jones was originally sentenced to 180 days in jail, but that was suspended in lieu of probation and community service.