A Toledo man was sentenced for fraud last week after investigators from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation captured video showing him working a roofing job while receiving benefits. The investigation, conducted by BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) resulted in a no contest plea by Daniel Uribes, who was sentenced in Toledo Municipal Court.
Uribes became the subject of an investigation after SID obtained evidence that he engaged in roofing work with his father while receiving Temporary Total Disability benefits for a workplace injury. A surveillance operation showed Mr. Uribes was performing roofing work at a residence in Toledo. During the surveillance, Mr. Uribes left the job site to travel to downtown Toledo and attend his Industrial Commission hearing on a separate issue related to his incarceration while collecting disability. After the hearing, investigators followed Mr. Uribes back to the work site, where he returned to work on the roof.
Uribes originally pleaded not guilty but withdrew and entered a no contest plea to a misdemeanor charge of workers’ compensation fraud. The judge sentenced Mr. Uribes to ten days in the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, with credit for time served. Mr. Uribes had already paid his full restitution of $3,254.30.