Enid News and Eagle
WOODWARD, Okla. —
Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit has filed a charge against a Woodward woman for allegedly filing a false workers’ compensation claim.
According to the charge filed in Oklahoma County District Court, Edith J. Wilcoxson, 59, submitted a claim in December 2007 alleging she injured her lower back, hips, right leg and right foot in May 2006, while working as a medic for Woodward County Emergency Medical Services. She filed a supplemental form in 2008 to add her neck as an injury.
Wilcoxson testified under oath at a workers’ compensation hearing in August 2008 she never had received any previous injuries to her neck, and said she never had been told by a doctor she had problems with her neck, according to a news release from the Attorney General’s Office. She also testified in September 2008 she never had injured her neck in a motor vehicle accident.
An investigation by the Attorney General’s Office found numerous medical reports showing Wilcoxson had been notified by doctors of degenerative disc disease and a bulging disc in her spine prior to 2006.
In May 1999, Wilcoxson was involved in a motor vehicle accident while working with Woodward Police Department and was admitted to Woodward Hospital, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Workers’ compensation paperwork filed by Wilcoxson after the accident listed her head, neck and left shoulder as injuries sustained from the accident. She subsequently visited several doctors who confirmed neck injuries, but denied a recommendation for neck surgery in 1999. Wilcoxson also testified in a February 2001 workers’ compensation hearing she had sustained an injury to her neck due to the motor vehicle accident.
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 fraud.