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Cape man gets prison time for workers' comp crime

Friday, October 1, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been changed to correct that Overbeck was sentenced to state prison, not federal prison.

Southeast Missourian

Cape Girardeau business owner Jeffery Overbeck has been sentenced to two years in state prison following a guilty plea Monday on a felony workers' compensation noncompliance charge. Overbeck, who operated Overbeck Construction in Cape Girardeau, was sentenced by Circuit Judge William Syler as a prior offender.

Because Overbeck had employees, he was required by law to carry workers' compensation insurance, state Attorney General Chris Koster said in a news release that announced the sentencing. Overbeck failed to carry the insurance from April 2006 to August 2008, the release said.

Overbeck previously had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of noncompliance in 2001, Koster said.

"We've made great inroads in collections and convictions for workers' compensation fraud and for noncompliance with mandatory workers' compensation insurance coverage over the past 21 months," Koster said in the release. "Businesses that fail to comply with the law in providing this insurance coverage are putting their workers at risk and this office will aggressively take legal action to see that protection is provided."

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This story makes NO sense. A state Judge cannot sentence someone to a federal prison.

Overbeck was alreasy in custody on a federal drug violation.

I know Syler thinks he is all powerful, but come on

-- Posted by cartman on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 9:24 AM

Judge Syler can sentence him to a state violation to run concurrent with his Federal sentence he is serving now. If he can't do that, Overbeck has the stupidest lawyer practicing law.

-- Posted by Yankee Station on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 9:54 AM

I understand that, but that is not how the story reads. It says that Syler sentenced him to two years in federal prison

-- Posted by cartman on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 10:34 AM

Poor reporting. The other thing that could happen is that when his federal sentence ends, Cape County Deputies will be waiting at the prison gates to bring him home. The story has been corrected.

-- Posted by Yankee Station on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 11:02 AM

I just checked with the U.S. BOP, and he is not in Federal custody.

-- Posted by Yankee Station on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 11:05 AM

This is kharma Jeffy ole boy. Do substandard roofs and then bail when they fail...it will eventually catch up with you. We may not have been able to get you on your crappy construction but kharma did. Have fun in prison!!

-- Posted by nObama on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 12:01 PM

I don't really care if it's state or federal. Taxpayers money being wasted on keeping someone penned up for not carrying insurance? Anyone one else see a problem with that? I could think of countless ways to better spend that money--starting with me keeping more of it.

-- Posted by Just__Me on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 12:29 PM

The article says "sentenced to two years in state prison..." that is why you don't find him on the BOP website. BOP is for federal prisoners only. And no, Syler doesn't think he's a federal judge. Did you actually READ the article?

-- Posted by suziq on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 12:30 PM

Man this is a major crime ! I am surprised they didn't try to stack charges like, failing to provide a bathroom on jobsite! If nobody was hurt and didnt try to file a claim, who was hurt? The workmans comp didnt get there money to give to another employers hurt employee. Eeveryone knows WC is a big ripoff like the rest of the insurance industry.

-- Posted by mohacker on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 12:34 PM


-- Posted by froggy88 on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 12:41 PM

Mohacked - Ask the thousands of people that have been hurt on the job and had their medical and wages paid since their employer had workers' compensation coverage - It's not "workmans comp" so you don't have a clue what your speaking about. How many people would have been in financial ruin if not for insurance - guess you don't mind since you look for a government handout that I have to contribute to with my taxes. Instead of moronic comments, spend your time doing research on what insurance is and how it works including data on claims paid vs. money taken in. Obviously, some insurance company wouldn't pay your bogus claim.

-- Posted by SEMO72a on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 3:09 PM

Is this the guy who hired Mexicans at a daily piece rate and only showed up to give the quote and take the check?

-- Posted by NoDisclosure on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 4:11 PM

nObama- You have no clue what your talking about....Until you have walked a mile in this man or his families shoes then keep the stupid opinions to yourself!!!!

-- Posted by 1badstang on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 6:50 PM

NoDisclosure-No, that was probably H&S. Jeff did his own work, and did it well.


Southeast Missourian-Was it a slow news day? You could have handled this much better! If you want to do a story on Workers' Comp., then do one. You could have carried the story, made your point about how serious a crime it can be, and left it at that. No names were necessary. He has been through enough, is doing his sentence, and has been embarrassed enough. Now all you are doing is embarrasing his family. Way to go!!!

-- Posted by Cat'sEye on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 8:01 PM

So, are his employees now on unemployment?

-- Posted by Tornadic on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 8:20 PM

Overbeck is not in federal prison yet, but is in federal custody. Big difference. He is waiting to go to federal prison. And the article reported that Syler sentenced him to federal prison, but was later changed to state prison when the reporter realized the mistake.

Overbeck is being sentenced to state prison which will run concurrently with the federal sentence, which means that he gets a freebee for the state sentence.

-- Posted by cartman on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 9:27 PM

I dont understand why these people are defending this guy other than out of sheer ignorance. obviously, none of them has had a work related injury. You are worried about the shame that this article may bring his family, but what about the lives of the employees and their families that could have been ruined if they were indeed hurt. The one that should have been worried about bring this family shame is sitting in a jail cell right now.

-- Posted by doctorj on Fri, Oct 1, 2010, at 7:26 AM

doctorj-one you have no clue what had really happend for one it was five years ago this guy had gotten "hurt" and he was a subcontractor to do a roof job he fell down a flight of stairs after he had made the decision to come to work high so why should someone else have to pay for his stupid decision to come to work after smoking an illegal drug...and to everyone else I believe this artical was about not having workmans comp so there was no reason to bring up any other case the family has been through alot already and all of you are just making it orse so it would be greatly appresheated if you could drop the matter and quit putting more stress on the family he is doing his time for this so just leave it at that...thank you

-- Posted by deltagirl on Fri, Oct 1, 2010, at 8:08 PM

Actually, he is NOT doing time for this. He is doing time for the federal drug offense that he pled guilty to. He is not getting anymore time and will not do one more day in jail for this crime since he will already be doing federal time for the drug crime. Really do not think that he should be blaming anyone else for drug use

-- Posted by cartman on Sat, Oct 2, 2010, at 10:52 PM

Just an FYI - The State of Missouri does not run State time concurrent with Federal Time. Nor does the Feds. This is regardless what the Judge orders.

-- Posted by iwonderwhywoman on Mon, Oct 4, 2010, at 5:13 AM

Eeveryone knows WC is a big ripoff like the rest of the insurance industry.

-- Posted by mohacker on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 12:34 PM

I have paid it for 25 years. I only had one claim but without it myself and my employee would be financially ruined. Money well spent.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Mon, Oct 4, 2010, at 11:03 AM

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