Man sent to jail for workers' comp fraud

June 08, 1994

CHEWSVILLE -- A Washington County judge has sentenced a Chewsville man to a year in jail and fined him $500 for making a fraudulent workers' compensation claim.

Ralph Leroy Bowen will serve his sentence at the Washington County jail, Maryland State Police said Monday.

Mr. Bowen claimed he suffered an occupational injury June 20, 1993, and received nearly $20,000 in disability and medical payments from June 1993 to December 1993.

Erie Insurance Co., which processed the claim, received information that Mr. Bowen had not been injured at work and determined that he was injured after falling from a horse.

The Maryland State Police Insurance Fraud Unit investigated and charged Mr. Bowen with making a fraudulent claim.

Washington County District Judge James Strine refused a plea agreement of financial restitution in return for a suspended sentence.

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