Wilson gets 6 years on 3 cases



On the day he was sentenced to prison for breaking and entering, gross sexual imposition and other charges, a Bellefontaine man was also ordered to pay nearly $6,400 in restitution to his employer and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation for collecting disability benefits while secretly working another job.

Joseph A. Wilson, 32, was sentenced to six years in prison March 8 on multiple charges, including reduced charges related to workers’ compensation fraud — petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, and failure to appear in court, a fourth-degree felony.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree felony GSI involving two girls ages 8 and 15 investigated by the Bellefontaine Police Department.

Logan County Court of Common Pleas Judge William T. Goslee ordered Wilson to reimburse his employer, Rent-A-Center, $2,904 and pay BWC $3,469 for the cost of its investigation.

BWC investigators confirmed an anonymous tip they received in late 2017 that Wilson was working on a horse farm while collecting disability benefits from Rent-ACenter.

Wilson was arrested in November on warrants for five counts of gross sexual imposition; two counts of workers’ compensation fraud; two counts of failure to appear; and single counts of receiving stolen property, theft, breaking and entering and criminal damaging.

Wilson was charged in three separate cases in 2018: a March case with multiple counts of GSI; a September case involve the BWC fraud; and a November case regarding burglary.

The cases were consolidated for trial purposes and Wilson entered into a plea agreement.

He was classified a Tier I sex offender requiring him to register his address annually for 15 years.

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