Road rage incident, problems with family led worker to file false claim
Mar 16, 2013 (Dayton Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A Dayton man who lied about being robbed at work to get some time off was sentenced to probation and ordered to repay some investigators' costs for defrauding Ohio's workers' compensation system, said agency Administrator and CEO Steve Buehrer.
On June 10, Teron Barnes, 38, who worked at Winston Heating and Cooling in Dayton, told police he confronted three trespassers, two males and a female, who were planning to steal from the company, according to a police report.
Barnes told police one of the trespassers struck him in the hand with a metal bar, but the individuals ran off after he wrestled away the weapon.
Barnes told police he visited the North Main Street Urgent Care facility for treatment, but an investigation determined he never did. Police said Barnes admitted he had problems with his ex-wife and children and just needed some time off from work, according to the police report. Barnes admitted to the police detective he actually injured his hand during a "road rage" fight when he punched another motorist in the face prior to arriving at work, the report said.
Barnes' claim with the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation was denied as a result of an investigation by the agency, and he was criminally charged with one count of misdemeanor worker's compensation fraud.
On Feb. 25, Barnes was sentenced in Dayton Municipal Court to 90 days in jail, which was suspended, and placed on probation for one year and ordered to 20 days of electronic home monitoring. He was ordered to repay $1,111 for the bureau's investigative costs, and he was ordered to attend theft counseling.
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