CELINA — Jason Rissner, of Rockford, pleaded guilty recently in Mercer County Common Pleas Court to one count of petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, as part of a statewide crackdown on fraud by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
Risnner was discovered to be operating his own construction company while receiving $35,261 in temporary total disability benefits from his employer, O’Reilly Auto Parts. He was ordered to spend 180 days in jail, which was suspended on the condition that he commit no more crimes within a year and pay full restitution to O’Reilly.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation made 14 fraud-related convictions in October statewide, with those convicted owing BWC a combined $283,146 in restitution.
Those convicted include injured workers found working while collecting disability benefits, family members collecting their deceased parent’s compensation benefits and business owners whose coverage had lapsed.