Painesville man ordered to pay $37,000 for workers’ compensation fraud

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PAINESVILLE, Ohio-- A Painesville man's worker compensation fraud was caught on video.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation said Mark Walker was collecting disability for almost five years while working for his business, Mark's Handyman Service. Investigators found he was overpaid $74,954.16.

“The purpose of temporary total disability is to give injured workers time to recuperate, and work activity during that recovery period is prohibited,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer, in a news release on Monday. “Mr. Walker deceptively returned to employment for several years and continued to collect thousands of dollars from BWC.”

Walker pleaded guilty to one felony count of workers' compensation fraud in December.

On Friday, he was sentenced to 12 months in jail, which was suspended for three years probation. He was also ordered to repay $37,000 to BWC.