Video captured disabled kitchen worker at casino, fishing, building fire

A workers' compensation fraud case against Linda Lorrie Almy used video shot by a private investigator, showing Almy going about daily activities without assistance despite her claim to a doctor that her injuries required rest.
by Nolan Clay Published: March 3, 2013

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.

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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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