CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A Youngstown woman has been ordered to pay back more than $18,000 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation for collecting disability benefits while still working.
Kristin Stuhldreher pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.
The 54-year-old was working as a manager while collecting the benefits, the Ohio BWC said.
“Our investigators found Ms. Stuhldreher worked for seven months in 2017 while concealing her employment from us so she could continue to receive BWC benefits,” said BWC Administrator and CEO Stephanie McCloud. “Clearly, she wasn’t disabled from work, and I’m grateful to our investigators for bringing this fraudulent scheme to an end.”
Investigators say Stuhldreher suffered an injury in 2010 while working for another employer and required surgery for that injury years later while working for Steak 'n Shake. She took time off for surgery, but did not tell the Ohio BWC when she returned to work.
In addition to paying $18,239 back in restitution, Stuhldreher must also serve five years of probation.