A former U.S. Postal Service employee was sentenced Monday to 21 months in federal prison for his role in a scheme to defraud the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Workers’ Compensation Program (OWCP). According to an announcement from U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas, the government presented evidence at trial that the postal worker and a co-conspirator engaged in a scheme to receive kickbacks in exchange for their completion of falsified medical documentation. Further, the 69 year old also falsified forms related to travel he purportedly made for medical services. In all, the scheme involved 22 claimants, four doctors or medical providers, a senior claims examiner at DOL, a claims representative, a Postal employee detailed to the Postal Service Health Resource Management Office, and a medical provider’s employee. All of the parties were convicted, and in total, the defendants were able to collectively fraudulently bill the federal government through the OWCP for more than $9.5 million.
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