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Authorities: Man used NFL player names in workers’ comp fraud

A Spokane Valley, WA, man faces fraud charges after authorities say he used the last names of Seattle Seahawk players when filling out fake workers’ comp injury reports to get painkillers. 

The Washington Attorney General’s office says Jeffory Leonard Mock Jr. had a pattern when he faked names on workers’ comp claim forms. The first name usually began with a J, and the last name was the same as an NFL coach or player, usually a Seattle Seahawk.

Mock, 34, has been charged with 12 felony counts alleging he obtained controlled substances and prescription drugs by fraud.

The AG’s office says Mock visited eight Spokane-area hospitals and urgent care clinics 17 times from March 2013 to May 2014. Authorities say he would claim to have suffered a workplace injury, usually involving back pain. The AG claims he filed workers’ comp claims at the medical facilities.

Among the last names he’s accused of using: Harvin, Largent, Sherman, Mora, Richardson, Hollenbeck, Robinson, Okung, Marino, Bledsoe and Henderson.

Four employers listed on the claim forms don’t exist.

The healthcare facilities provided Mock with a variety of medications, including Valium, hydrocodone and hydromorphone.

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries investigatted when an employer listed on one of the workers’ comp forms said they might have been filed by Mock, a former employee.

A handwriting expert confirmed that writing on the bulk of the forms matched samples of Mock’s writing.

Staff from several of the medical facilities later identified Mock in photo montages as the patient they had treated under a different name.

A recent report from mail-order pharmacy Express Scripts says nearly half of patients who took opiate painkillers for more than 30 days in the first year of use continued to use them for three years or longer.

Workers who abuse prescription painkillers are a safety risk to themselves and others, and have lower productivity.

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