A South Carolina man has been convicted of workers’ compensation fraud for bilking the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation out of $143,203.33. Joseph Curto of Conway, S.C., dodged a sentence of up to 18 months in prison, getting four years of community supervision instead. The judge said he had to remain employed the whole time.
Curto will need the paychecks, too, because he must repay the workers’ comp bureau.
However, maintaining employment shouldn’t be a problem. In fact, Curto’s insistence on working while continuing to receive workers’ comp benefits is what tipped off Ohio investigators.
When they heard he was working for a trucking company, bureau officials traveled to South Carolina to confront him. Under questioning, he admitted to working seven different jobs since 1999, when he began receiving total disability payments following an injury suffered while working in Ohio. At each, he used his wife’s Social Security number to hide the income.