NYC clerk gets 5 years probation for workers comp fraud

A former New York City distribution clerk has been sentenced to probation for workers comp fraud:

Richard S. Hartunian, United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, announced that PAUL SKALICKY, of Plymouth, New York, was sentenced on Friday in U.S. District Court in Syracuse, New York before the Hon. David E. Peebles, U.S. Magistrate. SKALICKY, age 64, was sentenced to 5 years probation in connection with his plea of guilty to Fraud in Obtaining Federal Employees Compensation, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1920. Additionally, SKALICKY was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $20,124.54. The court also imposed a $25 special assessment.

According to press reports, Skalicky was a New York City distribution clerk for the US Postal Service when he claimed to be disabled.

According to the US Attorney,

On October 18, 2011, SKALICKY admitted, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1920, that on or about February 23, 2010, he knowingly and willfully made and caused to be made materially false and fraudulent statements and representations in connection with the receipt of federal workers compensation benefits. In 1999, SKALICKY began collecting federal workers compensation benefits for a sprained ankle. On February 23, 2010, SKALICKY told an agent with the Department of Labor that he remained disabled and that he required a cane to ambulate. Covert surveillance conducted by agents from the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General established that SKALICKY did not use a cane or require the use of a cane to walk.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General and the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General.

  • Prediction

    This case is why the FECA needs to be reformed. Employees steal benefits with little or no punishment when caught. And for every one actually caught there are a dozen more undetected. The smartest play is to claim just enough injury to be able to sit at work in a ready room and not risk scrutiny though the reassessment process recently completed helped. It would be a delicious irony if the employee deadbeats were the tipping point of causing the agency ultimate financial ruin. The PMG should forgo pulling out of FEHB and concentrate on leaving OWCP under FECA.