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.”
Johnny Lee Crowder filed for workers' compensation benefits for an injury to his left hand he said he suffered on May 31, 2010, working at Classic Carpet in Lawton. He claimed he ripped the hand on a grate at work when he tripped and fell.
His fraud was easy to prove. May 31, 2010, was Memorial Day and the carpet business had been closed. Crowder actually cut his hand at a private residence in Lawton trying to fix a car window, records show. Paramedics had been called.
Crowder, 43, pleaded guilty last year to workers' compensation fraud and admitted he “in fact ... was injured at home.” He agreed to spend five years on probation and pay $1,172 in restitution.
On disability for months, Jonathan Farris Saffa of Cushing told a doctor in June 2009 that the pain in his back had not decreased. He had complained in the past of a throbbing, burning sensation that made it difficult to do yard work, walk, climb stairs, squat, sit or kneel.
That same day, a private investigator caught Saffa on video coaching a boys' baseball game and squatting with his back against a fence, catching and throwing balls and carrying a water bucket. “Mr. Saffa is obviously not having many of the problems he claims to have,” another doctor reported after seeing the video.
Because of the video, a workers' compensation judge in 2010 denied any further benefits to Saffa. The judge found Saffa did not suffer an injury while working for an environmental services company.
Saffa, 41, was charged in Oklahoma County District Court last year with workers' compensation fraud. In testimony in his comp case, he said he was really hurt but refused to be laid up in bed all day “when it comes down to the kids.”
“They are being punished enough with me being out of work,” he said.
His fraud case is pending.