Man charged with faking on-the-job injuries for painkillers

SEATTLE -- A 41-year-old Bremerton man is facing 25 felony charges after he faked on-the-job injuries to get painkillers at more than three dozen emergency rooms and urgent-care clinics in King and Pierce counties, according to the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.

According to the Department of Labor & Industries, Robert Boyer Jr. would go into hospitals and clinics with cuts and other injuries, claim to be an ironworker injured in a construction accident, and present false names, birthdates and Social Security numbers to get prescriptions for Vicodin, Percocet and more.

Boyer reportedly did this dozens of times between November 2012 and February 2013, filing 51 fraudulent workers' compensation claims with the Department of Labor & Industries and racking up more than $134,000 in unpaid medical fees.

According to the department, Boyer was able to get away with his scam for so long because he often didn't give any identification at the facilities, instead taking advantage of their duty to treat patients in an emergency.

Boyer was eventually identified through patient photographs and surveillance footage.

The Washington Attorney General's Office has filed 25 charges of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud against Boyer.

Boyer failed to appear in Pierce County Superior Court and a warrant has been issued for him, according to the Department of Labor & Industries. He is due in King County Superior Court Monday.