A Tennessee postal worker who faked an disabling injury in order to, among other things, take a cruise and visit Disneyland, has been sentenced to house arrest for three months along with her husband, who helped her commit the fraud. The couple will also have to repay $42,956.41 in compensation. Earlier this year the couple had agreed to a plea bargain:
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On Apr. 4, 2014, Carol J Pazder, 61, and Richard Pazder, 67, of Maryville, Tenn., appeared in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville. Carol J. Pazder pleaded guilty to providing false statements to obtain federal employees benefits. Her husband, Richard Pazder, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting in the false statements.
The Pazders were both previously employed by the U.S Postal Service. Carol J. Pazder claimed false injuries at work. She and her husband Richard Pazder claimed the injuries were so painful she could only walk stand or sit for a few minutes at a time and was therefore unable to work and collected unemployment compensation. The couple was video-taped taking a cruise, disembarking at three ports of call and walking for hours at a time, followed by a trip to Disneyland.