Cleveland, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - A Cleveland-area man caught working while receiving injured workers’ benefits from BWC pleaded guilty Dec. 1 to a misdemeanor count of workers’ compensation fraud.
Angelo Reillo Sr., 32, of Garfield Heights, paid $3,354 in
restitution to BWC at the time of his guilty plea in Franklin County
Common Pleas Court. A judge fined him $50.
Acting on a tip, agents with BWC’s Special Investigations Department
found Reillo working as a painter and supervisor from Oct. 20, 2014,
until Dec. 3 that year while receiving living maintenance benefits from
BWC. Living maintenance compensation is designed for workers who are
actively participating in a BWC-approved vocational rehabilitation plan.
The benefits are supposed to end after the injured worker returns to
Agents determined Reillo engaged in “ongoing and regular
substantially gainful remunerative employment, which was inconsistent
with the receipt of LM benefits and contrary to entitlement.”