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Employee fraud scheme lands former postal worker in jail

California employers, like many others across the nation, are always on guard against fraud in the workplace. Many incidents involve misrepresented injuries, or otherwise fraudulent workers' compensation claims. Such situations can become serious obstacles to a business's daily ability to function. It is illegal to lie about a work injury. Any employer who believes employee fraud has taken place has the right to take legal action to resolve the problem.

In another state, a woman is slated to spend six months in jail for the illegal acts she committed in defrauding her employer. Apparently, her illicit activities cost the U.S. Postal Service $200,000 in workers' compensation benefits. She had allegedly filed for the benefits, claiming that she was suffering from panic attacks and agoraphobia.

The 40-year-old woman is said to have pocketed the money, then took two vacations aboard various cruise ships. The problem was that in her workers' comp claim, she stated that she lived, essentially, as a "prisoner in her own home" due to her supposedly debilitating condition. The prosecutor noted that fraudulent reception of government benefits will not be tolerated.

Employee fraud cannot always be prevented, even when California employers implement various monitoring procedures. There is legal help available to any employer seeking guidance in a particular situation. An experienced attorney can offer sound counsel based on a clear understanding of employment and workers' compensation law and help an employer determine the best way to proceed to obtain a full and just resolution to a problem.

Source: New York Daily News, "Former Bronx postal worker gets six months in jail for stealing $200,000 in workers comp scheme", Larry McShane, March 11, 2016

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