A Tacoma-area man accused of working multiple jobs while getting more than $81,000 in workers’ compensation has been sentenced to 45 days in jail.
Bobby Ray Johnson, 48, pleaded guilty to first-degree theft Thursday. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Arend said he can serve his time on electronic home monitoring.
Johnson also must pay back $81,453.34 to the state Department of Labor & Industries.
Prosecutors said Johnson hurt his lower back and chest when he fell in an icy parking lot while working at a recreational vehicle company. As a result, he started getting workers’ compensation payments in March 2013 and continued to do so for two years.
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But state investigators learned he had worked during that time as an RV salesman and a home caregiver, which made him ineligible for the payments.