Oklahoma City, OK – Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Monday announced workers’ compensation fraud charges against William “Billy” Nichols of Oklahoma County and Johnathon H. Glover of Pontotoc County.
William “Billy” Nichols, 44, started U.S. Weed Control while he was still employed by another company. Nichols allegedly accessed the other company’s records to generate fraudulent workers’ compensation insurance certificates using the other company’s information. In addition, Nichols allegedly charged and received payment for two weed spraying services that never occurred, one in the amount of $3,000 and the other in the amount of $7350.
Nichols is charged with two counts of workers’ compensation fraud and two counts of obtaining under false pretense. If convicted, Nichols could face up to 14 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000 for workers’ compensation fraud. He could also face up to 4 years in prison and fines of more than $30,000 for the other two counts.
Johnathon H. Glover, 33, worked as a mixer driver for a company in Sulphur when he twisted his ankle while dismounting his truck. Glover was examined by a doctor multiple times and received a “Physicians Report of Work Status” to submit to his employer. It is alleged Glover altered those documents to receive unentitled benefits.
Glover is charged with one count of workers’ compensation fraud. If convicted, Glover faces up to seven years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
The Workers’ Compensation, Social Security and Insurance Fraud Unit investigates and prosecutes fraud on the part of claimants, doctors, attorneys and insurance companies. The unit also provides education and training about workers’ compensation fraud. To report workers’ compensation, social security or insurance fraud contact the Attorney General’s Office at (405) 521-3921 or visit the AG’s website at www.ok.gov/oag.
Source: OK AG’s Office