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A man in Washington state has been charged with faking work-related injuries and using the last names of Seattle Seahawks players to obtain opioids and other drugs, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries said.
Jeffory Leonard Mock Jr., of Spokane Valley, Washington, allegedly visited eight hospitals and clinics 17 different times between March 2013 and May 2014 to obtain opioids and other prescription drugs by fraud, the department said in a statement Tuesday.
The department, which is Washington state's monopoly workers comp insurer, said in the statement that Mr. Mock, who's facing 12 felony charges, would claim to have sustained injuries to his back and buttocks while working for a moving, roofing or interior design company or retirement home.
Mr. Mock filed workers compensation claims at the hospitals and clinics using fake names that usually included some variation of his first name and the surname of a Seahawk or another professional athlete or coach, according to the statement. Okung, Richardson, Robinson and Sherman are among the last names Mr. Mock is accused of using.
In the statement, the department said it began investigating the case when an employer listed on one of the workers comp forms suggested it was filed by Mr. Mock, a former employee. A handwriting expert examined some of the injury accident reports, and confirmed that each one matched samples of Mr. Mock's writing. His photo was later identified by health care providers who said they treated him under a different name, according to the statement.
Mr. Mock is scheduled to be arraigned in Spokane County Superior Court on Wednesday.
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