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Forum staff reports, Published May 14 2013

Man accused of falsely collecting worker’s comp

FARGO – A Fargo man faces felony charges for falsely collecting payments from Workforce Safety and Insurance, the state’s worker’s compensation program.

Jeremy Jon Burwell, 36, was charged Monday in Cass County District Court with filing false claims or false statements, a Class C felony.

Court documents state that Burwell told WSI he was injured at his moving company job, and then claimed four months’ worth of worker’s compensation benefits while working as a personal trainer.

Burwell allegedly filed the false claims on or between March 19, 2011, and July 10, 2012, documents state.

Documents state Burwell claimed his right wrist and lower arm were injured on Dec. 27, 2010, and that he collected disability from January 2011 through April 2012 while working as a personal trainer through Ultra Body Fitness at Anytime Fitness and through Core Fitness. Burwell allegedly earned $11,265 from August 2011 through February 2012 without reporting the work to WSI.

Court documents also state that Burwell worked at Snap Fitness as a personal trainer from late June 2012 to July 2012, and that a WSI investigator saw Burwell in August 2012 training two clients at that gym carrying a barbell with weights, and moving and flipping tractor tires across the gym parking lot.

Documents state that WSI paid Burwell $14,974 in error from mid-August 2011 to April 19, 2012.

Burwell could not be reached for comment on the charges. His first court date has not yet been set.