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Ex-paraprofessional accused of workers' compensation fraud

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- A former Henry County Schools paraprofessional is accused of defrauding the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation.

Warrants have been issued for 40-year-old Beth Ealey's arrest. She faces 52 counts of unlawful receipt of workers' compensation benefits.

Stan Bexley, director of the State Board of Workers' Compensation Enforcement Division, said Ealey was injured in 2008 while employed by the Henry County School System. She told the district that she planned to resign and move to Florida.

In August 2012, Ealey accepted a teaching job in Putnam County, Fla., but did not tell Henry County that she was no longer disabled. She also did not tell the Putnam County School District that she claimed in Georgia to be totally disabled and was receiving benefits, according to Bexley.

Ealey reportedly received more than $8,000 in workers' compensation while teaching in Florida. Bexley said the Henry County School System suspended her benefits upon learning she returned to work.

Bexley added that Ealey's attorney is making arrangements for her to return to Henry County and turn herself in to police.

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