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August 9, 2000

State orders Lewis county man to repay $58,000 in fraud case

TUMWATER - The state has ordered a 38-year-old Centralia man to repay more than $58,000 after an investigation showed he collected workers' compensation benefits illegally for more than a year.

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) ordered Bill E. Roark Jr. to return $38,808 in time-loss and vocational benefits collected fraudulently from March 2, 1999 through April 17, 2000. State law allows for an additional 50 percent penalty, bringing the repayment order to $58,212.

Roark was receiving workers' compensation benefits for a June 22, 1995 on-the-job injury he sustained while working as a laborer for D&G Mechanical Insulation of Sumner.

An investigation showed that Roark had been working as a laborer for a pipeline company in Beaverton, Or., while he was receiving workers' compensation benefits. During that period, Roark filed regular statements to the department indicating he was not working and was unable to work due to his injury.

Labor & Industries manages the state's workers' compensation system. It provides coverage for about 163,000 employers and 1.9 million workers.

L&I is committed to preventing and fighting fraud. Anyone who suspects fraudulent activity may report it anonymously to L&I by calling 360-902-5153 or online at fraud.lni.wa.gov


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