An Ohio worker who was receiving permanent total disability benefits through workers’ compensation because he told the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) he was visually impaired was investigated and found to be driving, parking cars and directing traffic. He was charged with first-degree misdemeanor theft and must repay the BWC.
Tim Tokles of Holland, OH claimed that he had an impaired ability to read, use a computer or drive because of glare, depth perception and light sensitivity in his right eye. He contended that environmental conditions from air conditioning, cleaning solutions, dust, air pollutants and wind irritated his eye.
The BWC investigated, and have a video to prove that he was directing traffic and parking cars at a parking lot that he owns in Toledo, OH. According to their investigation he was performing activities that fell outside his medical restrictions for over a year, from June 19, 2012 to August 31, 2013, all while receiving payments from the BWC. He will pay the BWC $14,689 in restitution and must serve five years of probation.