Jackson, MS – Attorney General Jim Hood recently announced that two Harrison County sisters have been indicted on multiple charges of workers compensation fraud.
Detria L. Vogle, 39, of Biloxi, and Rachel C. Vogle, 36, of Gulfport, were arrested by deputies from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office on Monday. The arrests were made following indictments by the Harrison County Grand Jury. Both Detria Vogle and Rachel Vogle were charged with four counts each of workers compensation fraud.
The indictments allege that Detria Vogle and Rachel Vogle made “false or misleading statements or representations to the Mississippi Insurance Guaranty Association, for the purpose of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits” that were intended for their deceased father. Neither defendant notified the Association that their father was deceased and instead, the Vogle sisters continued to receive workers’ compensation benefits between August 2011 and December 2014.
Both defendants were booked into the Harrison County Adult Detention Center and are currently awaiting trial. If convicted, each faces up to 12 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Larry Baker and investigated by Christopher Watkins and Ronnie Odom of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division/Insurance Integrity Unit.
Source: MS AG’s Office