Area man convicted of workers' comp fraud
A Vaughnsville man has repaid more than $26,000 after state investigators caught him on camera selling firearms out of his home while receiving workers' comp benefits, according to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation.
Charles Newland pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of workers' compensation fraud Dec. 9 in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. An investigation had been opened after the bureau received an allegation that Newland was operating a firearm and archery business near his home while collecting disability for a prior workplace injury.
Investigators who visited Newland and posed as customers confirmed he was operating Buckeye Archery, 137 N. Water St., Vaughnsville, next to his home. He was selling the firearms, archery, and hunting equipment and supplies while collecting temporary total, living maintenance, and living maintenance wage loss benefits.
Injured workers are not permitted to return to work while collecting these benefits.
Newland has already paid restitution of $18,367.90, in addition to investigative costs of $7,845.50, for a total of $26,213.40. The judge found Newland guilty and ordered him to pay a $100 fine and court costs.
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