Tulsa County Man Caught Playing Golf Pleads Guilty To Workers' Comp Fraud

Tuesday, March 17th 2015, 4:12 pm
By: News On 6

A Tulsa county man pleaded guilty to two felony counts of workers' compensation fraud after he was videoed playing golf.

Joseph Max Hutton, 20, said in June, 2013, he was struck by a car driven by a co-worker while he was working at a car dealership. He claimed his back, left leg, hip and tail bone were all injured.

According to a news release, Hutton later missed a scheduled doctor's appointment and was videoed playing golf and swinging a gold club without showing signs of injury.

An agent with the attorney general's office showed the video to an orthopedic doctor and physical therapist that had treated Hutton for the injuries; both said the video was inconsistent with the injuries Hutton claimed, the release says.

Hutton later admitted he could have returned to work earlier but chose not to.

The first-time offender, Hutton, was offered a five-year deferred sentence and is ordered to pay more than $7,000 in restitution.