DJ Has to Face the Music for Workers’ Comp Fraud

Being the life of the party can have its drawbacks. Just ask a DJ from Austintown, Ohio, who was caught on tape entertaining party goers and bar patrons when he claimed he was so injured from a work-related incident that he could not work.

Randall Schornack was sentenced for workers’ compensation fraud after Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) investigators caught him on video. He pleaded guilty and must repay more than $27,000 he collected illegally while receiving benefits for a workplace injury.

“As is so often the case, Mr. Schornack continued to maintain his injury to BWC and his treating physicians even as he was simultaneously working in clear violation of the law,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephen Buehrer. “Area music lovers may have enjoyed his services, but this type of deceitful behavior is not at all amusing to employers who prefer their premiums go toward treating those who are truly unable to work.”

BWC's Special Investigation Department (SID) received an anonymous tip on the fraud hotline that Schornack was working as a disc jockey at area bars under the name “DJ Randy Stevens.” SID’s investigation determined that Schornack was working as a DJ for several bars in Mayfield, Ohio, and also for a professional DJ service in Girard, Ohio, while receiving temporary total disability benefits. The SID obtained video of Schornack unloading and carrying speakers and other equipment from his vehicle into different establishments on a weekly basis and performing work services as a DJ.

Schornack was sentenced in a Franklin County courtroom Jan. 10 and the judge ordered him to pay $27,202.62 in restitution He also was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for 5 years of community control.

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