Attorney General Charges Three Oklahomans with Insurance Fraud; Workers’ Compensation Fraud
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Attorney General’s Workers’ Compensation and Insurance Fraud Unit has filed charges against two Oklahoma business owners for falsely obtaining insurance money and an employee for lying about his employment in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Dee Chien, 57, of Oklahoma City, owner of Fygon International, also known as VIP Soft Wash, was charged with one count of making a false claim for insurance in Oklahoma County District Court after allegedly submitting a false invoice to his insurance company.
According to the charge, in June of 2009, Chien allegedly claimed that two coin operated vacuums were stolen and damage was done to two other vacuum machines. Chien later claimed damage to a fifth unit. Chien’s insurance company filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office after the equipment company said they hadn’t repaired or replaced any machines for Chien. Following an investigation, Chien admitted to AG investigators that he fraudulently modified an invoice for $11,927.14.
Kevin Christopher Cassady, 37, of Oklahoma City and Scottsdale, Ariz., owner of Next Level Auto Repair, was charged with one count of obtaining money or property under false pretenses in Oklahoma County District Court after falsely obtaining insurance money to do auto body repairs. According to the charge, Cassady allegedly claimed to own an auto body shop and agreed to repair a hail damaged car for an acquaintance. The defendant received a check from the insurance company and took the car to make the repairs. After four weeks, Cassady left the car in a parking lot with a note saying he couldn’t finish the work and that he had contacted the insurance company to arrange for reimbursement. The owner of the car claimed that the car wasn’t repaired. In addition, the car suffered more damage and an additional 2,000 miles. When the insurance company contacted Cassady, he said he moved to Arizona and would mail a check, but has made no further contact.
Christopher Ray Morrow, 31, of Moore, was charged with one count of workers’ compensation fraud in Oklahoma County District Court after allegedly starting a new job while receiving workers’ compensation from another employer. According to the charge, Morrow alleged that he injured his right knee while working under a trailer and could not work due to his injury. A few days after filing the claim, Morrow started a new job and concealed his injury and benefits. Had Morrow disclosed his new employment, his temporary total disability payments would have ceased.
The charges were filed following investigations by the AG’s Workers’ Compensation and Insurance Fraud Unit.
The Attorney General’s Workers’ Compensation and Insurance Fraud Unit is the only Oklahoma law enforcement agency dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of workers’ compensation and insurance fraud. The Unit also helps raise public awareness of fraud in Oklahoma.
For a copy of the charges, go online to www.oag.ok.gov.
Cassady, Kevin info & aff.pdfMorrow, Christopher info & aff.pdfChien, Dee info & aff.pdf