A Pennsylvania rural carrier has been convicted by a jury of multiple charges involving workers compensation fraud. Barbara Stanley, 62, of of Nottingham PA, reported having been injured while “opening a stuck residential mailbox”. The injury was supposed to have happened in June of 2005, but Stanley didn’t tell anyone about it until the following October.
On October 13, 2005 defendant Stanley asked her treating orthopaedist if her right shoulder injury could be work related. The orthopaedist told he that the injury was not work related because she did not have a specific reportable incident which could explain her injury.
A month later, Stanley went to see another orthopaedist. She informed the second doctor that she had hurt her shoulder “opening a stuck mailbox on June 23, 2005”. The doctor then provided Stanley with a Form CA-20 indicating that her right shoulder injury was work related.
In January, 2006, Stanley had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in her right shoulder. While recovering from her shoulder surgery, she injured her right biceps tendon. Since this injury occurred during her recovery and was in close proximity to the right shoulder injury, DOL-OWCP included the biceps injury as part of Stanley’s benefits claim.
In March 2006, Stanley had a successful surgical repair of the torn right biceps tendon. Her claim was approved by DOL-OWCP and she started receiving benefits dating back to November 12, 2005.
The government then says that Stanley provided information to her treating physicians falsely claiming that her condition was not improving, and that she was unable to return to work.
Despite her supposed disability, she continued to perform both paid and volunteer work, including as an active member of the Eastern Arabian Amateur Horse Association, in which she actively rode and competed during the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 horseback riding seasons.
As a result, Stanley was able to collect $164,428.20 in workers comp benefits before the scam was discovered in 2010. She also pocketed $37,639.64 in disability retirement benefits she was mistakenly paid, for a total of $202,067.84 in fraudulent payments.
After the guilty verdict, Stanley’s bail was revoked, and she was remanded into federal custody to await sentencing, which is scheduled for November 18.