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A look at other comp fraud cases

by Nolan Clay Published: March 3, 2013

Here is a brief look at some other comp fraud cases:


Pauline K. Musgrove was accused of lying when she said she hurt her back in December 2009 when an escaping student ran into her at Varangon Academy, a youth treatment center in Norman.

A surveillance camera at the center recorded the student running from a classroom but “the video shows clearly from multiple angles … that there was no physical contact of any nature between Ms. Musgrove and the juvenile male during the attempted escape,” according to a court affidavit.

Musgrove, 58, pleaded guilty in 2010 and agreed to repay almost $400 in restitution. She also agreed to be on probation for three years. Despite her guilty plea, she said in an interview last week that the student did run into her and that the video must have been doctored somehow to remove the collision.

“Why would I lie if I knew there were cameras there?” she said. “I took the rap for something I didn't do.”


Pamela Gosney, 52, was accused of deliberately running into a cleaning cart that was propping open a restroom door at Dish Network in Tulsa in 2010.

Video from a surveillance camera shows her going in and out of the restroom, getting a drink from the water fountain and looking in both directions. She then deliberately “bulldozed” into the cleaning cart and hit the floor on her right side, according to a court affidavit.

Gosney, of Tulsa, pleaded guilty to the felony in October. She agreed to spend five years on probation and pay $6,479 in restitution.

“I filed a workmen's comp action as a result of an alleged injury I sustained at work to my left leg,” she said in her plea paperwork. “In reality, I suffered no injury at work but pretended to have a fall. I was caught on camera. I committed fraud to have workers' comp cover an old injury.”


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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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