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Former postal worker indicted on workers' compensation fraud

Crime doesn't pay and for those that try and cheat the system, eventually they are caught. In the case of a South Lake Tahoe, California, man his crime involved collecting workers' compensation benefits for more than 25 years before he was caught.

The man, 58, claimed he sustained an injury while working at the United States Postal Service in 1987. Because of the alleged injury, the man never returned to fulltime employment. Under the rules of workers' compensation the man had to turn in a certification form annually stating from medical providers that he could not work due to the pain he experienced.

The man is charged with faking his disability and according to indictment papers, it alleges that the man maintained an annual ski pass and regularly skied approximately 40 days per ski season and was also seen doing physical labor.

The Department of Labor states that from September 2007 through November 2012 the man collected approximately $160,000.

Workers compensation fraud/employee fraud is a very serious crime. If you suspect that such a crime has been perpetrated against your organization, you should strongly consider speaking with an experienced workers' compensation defense attorney. They can review your case and determine if you need to take action.

In this case, this man is facing serious charges that include wire fraud, mail fraud and making a false statement to obtain federal workers' compensation. If convicted of workers' compensation fraud, he could be looking at a 20 year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.

Source: News 10 ABC, "South Lake Tahoe man indicted for fraudulently collecting workers' compensation benefits," Maneeza Iqbal, Dec. 7, 2012

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