The covertly made video shows disabled kitchen manager Linda Lorrie Almy with a cane at a Tulsa medical clinic.
After she walks out with the cane, it is never seen again.
The sometimes shaky video shows Almy that same day going to a convenience store, playing slots at a Muskogee casino, buying a 10-pound bag of ice and fishing and building a bonfire by a creek.
She had told the doctor she had placed herself completely at rest to decrease the pain from her surgically repaired left knee.
Unaware she had been followed by a private investigator, Almy the next month tells an attorney — under oath — that she used the cane 60 percent of the time during the day and that she hadn't been fishing for some time.
“At times, whenever I bend down, I can't get up,” she testified.
Almy had fallen while working at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton. She got total temporary disability payments for months.
Because of the video evidence and her statements, Almy was charged in Tulsa County District Court in 2011 with workers' compensation fraud.
She pleaded guilty to the felony last year and was placed on probation for three years. She agreed to repay $3,500 in restitution.
Despite her guilty plea, a workers' compensation judge in January awarded her $21,763 in benefits for a permanent partial disability to her left hip and left leg.
Almy, 56, now lives in Alabama.
“I did not want to go in front of a … jury,” she said. “I don't think I did anything wrong. … I'm innocent. I still say I'm innocent. I even got thrown in jail. I had to get a bondsman to bail me out.”
She said there was a reason she hadn't used the cane the day her movements were recorded.
The doctor that day gave her pain medication and encouraged her to do as much as she could, she said. “By the time I got out of there, I didn't have to have a cane because he had given me a shot,” she said.
She said she left Oklahoma because of her experience. “I will never come back,” she said.