- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A former state worker accused of claiming he was working when he was actually gambling at a casino and purchasing alcohol while driving a state-issued car has been indicted by Oklahoma’s multicounty grand jury.

A sealed indictment naming 58-year-old Johnny Lloyd Surles was made public in Oklahoma County District Court Wednesday. It charges Surles with one count each of filing false claims against the state and obtaining money by false pretenses. Court records did not indicate whether Surles has an attorney.

Surles is a former veterans service representative with the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. The indictment alleges between January 2011 and March 2013, Surles claimed he was working when he was gambling, buying liquor or purchasing a firearm. The indictment says Surles received more than $1,519 in the scheme.

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