Tampa Mail Handler Indicted For Workers’ Comp Fraud

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Elizabeth Correa (60, Tampa) with three counts of wire fraud, three counts of false statement or fraud to obtain federal employees’ compensation, one count of theft of government funds, and one count of making a false statement to a federal agency. Continue reading

Postal Worker Sentenced to Prison and Ordered to Pay Almost $1.0 Million in Workers Comp Case

GREAT FALLS – The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that Deborah Joy Durand, a 55-year-old resident of Fruitland, Idaho, was sentenced to 15 months in prison, two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $903,316.48 in restitution and forfeiture. U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris Morris presided over the sentencing hearing. Continue reading

Postal worker convicted of comp fraud gets 21 months in prison

DALLAS — Tonya Evans, 52, a former U.S. Postal Service employee, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $98,888.73 in restitution for participating in a scheme to defraud the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Worker’s Compensation Program (OWCP), announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
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Texas postal worker convicted of workers comp fraud gets 21 month prison term

DALLAS — McArthur Baker, 69, a former U.S. Postal Service employee, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 21 months in federal prison for his role in a scheme to defraud the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Worker’s Compensation Program (OWCP), announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas. Continue reading

Ohio letter carrier indicted for worker’s compensation fraud

A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Nicole M. Gates of Wickliffe, with false statements and fraud to obtain federal employees’ compensation, said Carole S. Rendon, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment alleges that Gates, a mail carrier employed by the U.S. Postal Service, falsely represented her physical limitations in connection with her receipt of workers’ compensation benefits.

US-Department-Of-Justi_fmtAssistant United States Attorney Megan R. Miller is prosecuting the case following an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General.

If convicted, the court will determine the defendant’s sentence after a review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum. In most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

Maryland letter carrier pleads guilty to workers comp fraud

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. Postal Service employee Doreen Allen, age 51, of Temple Hills, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to theft of government property arising from a scheme to fraudulently obtain over $25,000 in worker’s compensation benefits.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Paul L. Bowman of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.

uspsoigAccording to her plea agreement, Allen was employed by the United States Postal Service as a city carrier at the Capital Heights, Maryland, Processing and Distribution Facility.  On September 27, 2002, Allen filed an injury claim which qualified her for Worker’s Compensation.  Allen began receiving benefits in November 2002 from the Office of Worker’s Compensation Programs (OWCP), including reimbursement for travel expenses for medical treatment related to her injury.

Between July 2012 and September 2015, Allen received reimbursement for travel expenses for medical care related to one of her injury claims.  This compensation was based on vouchers that Allen submitted for 721 trips to receive medical care.  Allen admitted that approximately 27 of those trips were for medical care, while the remaining 694 were unrelated.  Allen submitted numerous forms to OWCP falsely certifying that she had driven round trip from her home in Temple Hills to a doctor’s office in Laurel, Maryland for medical treatment related to her injury. As a result, Allen fraudulently received $27,639.10 in travel reimbursements.

Allen faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.  U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis scheduled Allen’s sentencing for September 13, 2016, at 9:30 a.m.