After using worker’s compensation fraud as an example in yesterday’s post, I came across an interesting story about a real case.
Jacquelyn V. Myers, a 55-year-old rural mail carrier, was just convicted of healthcare fraud and lying to get worker’s compensation, and faces up to 15 years behind bars. She’ll likely only receive a fraction of the sentence, but she cheated so blatantly and flamboyantly that one would hope the judge gives her at least a year or so to think about the consequences of ripping the rest of us off.
From the Justice Dept.:
Evidence presented at the two-day jury trial established that, while claiming she was physically unable to fulfill her responsibilities as a rural letter carrier with the Postal Service, Myers competed in more than 80 athletic events in Florida and Georgia. Although she claimed that she could only handle “light duty” in her government job, Myers was competing in 5K races, 10K races, triathlons, and marathons, including the Boston Marathon, which she ran in April 2010.
In May 2009, Myers reported that she had suffered a lower back injury during the annual letter carriers’ food drive. As a result, she was relieved of the letter carrying duties for which she had been hired, and placed on “light duty.” Between June and December of 2009, Myers told her treating physicians and physical therapists that her back injury had not improved, and that she was unable to twist and bend at the waist – activities associated with the delivery of mail. Photographs and videotapes taken during the same period show Myers running barefoot on gravel in a cross-country event, and swimming, cycling, and running in a triathlon. Evidence at trial demonstrated that Myers’ race times actually improved over those recorded prior to her reported date of injury.
Somehow, I think it would be appropriate to play “Chariots of Fire” as they whisk her off to prison.