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

Investigators received a tip that the man was exercising with heavy weights after claiming a workplace injury left him unable to lift more than a few pounds.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jan 17, 2013

 

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.

Comments

forkicksandgiggles

Wth ? lazya** get a job !

Reva

Exactly like the man I saw today parked smack in front of the grocery store with a handicap sign in his window loading up totes with a two wheel cart. I am sick of the laziness. Suck it up and work! Get your own parking space.

truckin

Don't forget the handicap stickers of people with the fear of losing a pound. The one's who clearly would benefit from the walking.

LookingDown

Fyi...... just cause you have a handicap sticker doesn't mean you don't have a job! Some people do suffer from illness is such as cancer, which qualifies them for a handicap sticker. You jealous get cancer you can get 1. Omg!

truckin

your TOTALLY missing fyi point and bringing in buts and what if's. Majority people who have developed illnesses, whether as you say, cancer, as well as bad knees, heart attack victims etc. Can be linked to there own chosen lifestyle.. Fact. With so many out there who feels they "need" a sticker based on there own poor choices, takes parking spaces away from truly handicap by no fault of there own, such as MS, etc. as well as pure weak elderly.

queenjhb

now be reasonable, a job would keep him from his real passion becoming a professional weightlifter, have a heart its the least workers comp. could do. Duh

LookingDown

Just an fyi.......... I drive my mother around in use her handicap sticker, sometime she stays in the car sometime she doesn't. I park in the handicap slot so in case she wants to come into the store she can. so most likely see me loading her groceries into the car, I'm perfectly healthy but drive a car with a handicap sticker........ but only use it when I'm with her........... she has been battling cancer for over 17 years and gets very weak!

hit the road jack

Hell, some days I think I'm the only one over 50 without a handicap sticker! I just love it when people walk out of the store like nothings wrong, throw 2 bags of groceries in the car and drive off.
Its hard at some places to get somewhat close due to the 52 handicap parking spaces by the door,it gets abused all the time.