A Grand Prairie, Texas woman pleaded guilty to workers’ comp fraud after being caught working as a personal trainer – even starting her own personal training business – while collecting benefits. According to a January 4th release from U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas, the original claim stemmed from a dog bite during mail delivery and was accepted by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. The claimant eventually pleaded guilty this week to one count of making false statements or fraud to obtain federal employees’ compensation, after revealing that she intentionally concealed her employment on official documents. The plea came less than one week before her trial was due to begin. The maximum statutory penalty for this charge is five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. According to the plea agreement filed in the case, the claimant has agreed to pay $41,395 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs.
Read the entire release here.