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Man ordered to pay $31,000 after being caught on camera defrauding workers' comp

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Jan 17, 2013 at 11:07 AM

An Ohio man has been punished after being caught on camera defrauding Ohio's workers' compensation system.

Jason Dross, 39, of Celina, pleaded guilty to one count of Workers' Compensation Fraud in November. He was sentenced to pay the state $31,736.98 in restitution on Friday.

Authorities with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) began investigating the Mercer County man after receiving a tip that he was exercising with heavy weights after claiming a workplace injury left him unable to lift more than a few pounds. Attorneys with the Attorney General's Health Care Fraud Unit prosecuted the case.

"This man put on a show, fooling even his doctor, who put him on a 10-pound lifting restriction," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. "Jason Dross claimed the pain was so severe that he couldn't work, although investigators with the Bureau of Workers' Compensation found him having no problem working out."

Undercover BWC detectives recorded video of Dross at a local gym lifting several hundred pounds of weights.

(NOTE: To watch the video, download the link at the end of this story.)

"Many do have a difficult time finding employment when an injury has left them with certain physical restrictions," BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer said. "However, this video makes it very clear that Mr. Dross was not being truthful about his restrictions and he has now been ordered to repay the funds that he received deceptively."

Dross was also sentenced to three years of community control, with a nine months of jail time suspended.

The undercover surveillance video recorded in this case is available on the Bureau of Workers' Compensation website.

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