DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) reported Friday that three Ohioans were convicted last month for workers’ compensation fraud, including the owner of a residential construction business in Dayton.
The owner of Field Construction LLC, Honorato Camacho, under-reported his payroll by millions of dollars to lower his workers’ comp premiums.
He pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud on July 12.
BWC investigated the business after receiving a tip and found that Camacho has purposely under-reported his payroll by more than $3.5 million between 2013 and 2015.
“Mr. Camacho’s scheme saved him more than $300,000 in premiums but look what it cost him in the end. He still owes us for the premiums and now he has a felony criminal record on top of it,” said Jim Wernecke, director of BWC’s special investigations department.
Camacho was ordered to pay BWC $255,434 in restitution by Judge Mary Wiseman in Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. The amount reflects the balance owed after repayments he made prior to sentencing. He has also been sentenced to five years of community control.