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March 08, 2012

It must be easy to get a chef’s job in Akron, Ohio.  A chef in that city was supposedly injured on the job in a restaurant and began collecting workers’ comp (WC) while he recovered.

Well, he recovered enough to get jobs at two other restaurants while he was still on WC. However, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Comp (BWC) reported it had another kind of “recovery” on its mind—to the tune of $14,000 in restitution plus $500 to cover investigative costs.

Guess it never crossed the chef’s mind that his new employers would report his earnings to the state. Plus his name was on the Workers’ Comp list for disability payment.

This all triggered a fraud investigation by BWC, but the chef initially pleaded not guilty. However, the two restaurants produced records confirming his employment and payment during the period he was also receiving checks from the state.

This caused the chef to reconsider his plea, and he admitted to both working at the restaurants and knowing that he shouldn’t be doing that while on disability.

He changed his plea to guilty to a felony count of theft. In addition to charging him for the money he owed the state, he was sentenced to 1 year in prison, which was suspended.

So while Corn got pulled out of the prison fire, he’s still in a fine kettle of fish. Not sure about this ending—wanted to put something in that was food related. See if you can think of something.


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