Attorney General Charges Two Oklahomans with Workers’ Compensation Fraud
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt has charged two Oklahomans with workers’ compensation fraud.
William R. Richmond, 65, of Catoosa, was charged with three counts of workers’ compensation fraud in Wagoner County District Court after filing workers’ compensation claims that stated he had no prior knee injury. According to the charges, Richmond sought medical treatment and filed three claims, one for each injury to both knees and his left shoulder when he slipped while working as a security guard. Richmond repeatedly claimed no prior injury or treatments to his left knee, but after examination of medical records, investigators found Richmond had had surgery on his left knee and received treatment as recently as May 2009. To date, Richmond has received temporary total disability payments in the amount of $15,682.
John Caughlin, 50, of Ponca City, was charged with three counts of workers’ compensation fraud and one count of pattern of criminal offenses in Oklahoma County District Court. According to the charges, Caughlin sought medical treatment in November 2010 and filed a workers’ compensation claim for an injury to his back that allegedly occurred while on the job. On several occasions, Caughlin stated he had been seeing a doctor for an issue with his neck and cervical spine, but repeatedly denied any prior problems with his upper back. Upon review of medical records and an interview with Caughlin’s doctor, investigators learned that the defendant had claimed pain to his upper back prior to the alleged accident. To date, Caughlin has received approximately $30,000 in disability payments.
The charges were filed following investigations by the AG’s Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit.
The Attorney General’s Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit is the only Oklahoma law enforcement agency dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of workers’ compensation fraud. The Unit also helps raise public awareness of fraud in Oklahoma.
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