Perjury charges have been filed against a man who allegedly claimed his wife was dead in order to get money.
Felony charges were filed Monday against Lee Patrick Heiligenthal, 49, of Claremore.
While the alleged offense is said to have occurred on Nov. 19, 2015, charges were filed in Rogers County District Court this week.
The affidavit for arrest claims that “witnesses involved in disputes with Heiligenthal outlined that Heiligenthal claimed that his wife had been killed in an accident and that the claim was a manner to obtain money and other things of value.”
On that November date, Heiligenthal allegedly “testified in court that his wife had died about six weeks prior, and that a funeral had been held for her.”
On May 30, 2017, officers with Claremore Police Department went to Heiligentha’s home and personally spoke to the allegedly-deceased wife, who was “still alive and living with Heiligenthal.”
CPD Investigator John Singer said the information came to light as part of an unrelated fraud investigation.
Singer said Heiligenthal fabricated the story about his wife “as a way to garner sympathy and obtain money.”
The affidavit states that he has an “extensive criminal history, mostly for fraud crimes, and has previously been convicted of one or more felony crimes.”
Bond on the warrant was set at $12,000.