An Ohio man was sentenced to one year in jail and fined $12,500 for fraudulently receiving work comp benefits.
Thomas Hofus was receiving workers’ compensation benefits from the state for an undisclosed work injury, when the Ohio Workers’ Compensation Bureau received a tip that he was operating a landscaping/roofing business.
After receiving the tip, investigators set up surveillance cameras and recorded Hofus working despite his “injury” for which he was receiving benefits. Watch the video here.
“Workers’ comp is intended for those who cannot return to work, while recovering from an injury,” said Steve Buehrer, CEO of the Bureau for Workers’ Compensation. “BWC remains committed to putting a stop to cases like this that place employer dollars in the hands of those who are not honestly representing their ability to work.”
Was the Hofus’s punishment too harsh in this case? What do you think?