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A Vinton, Ohio, woman was sentenced to 180 days in jail and ordered to pay $7,450.63 in restitution in a Workers' Compensation fraud case.

Maria Patterson pleaded guilty to forging documents to receive injured worker benefits from the state, according to a news release from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation.

"Physicians are an important part of the process of evaluating the condition of injured workers and whether they are able to return to work," Administrator and CEO of the BWC said in the news release. "Forging a provider's name to extend benefits is not only illegal, it denies them their role in guiding a medical treatment plan designed to get injured workers back on this job."

The Bureau started investigating Patterson after receiving a tip from an  BWC employee who suspected Patterson had submitted three falsified C-84 forms, according to the news release. That form is used to extend payment of temporary benefits to injured workers.

Patterson now is serving a nine-year sentence on unrelated burglary, theft and tampering with evidence charges, the news release states.