August 21, 2015 Ashton Luck, 29, of South Roxana, Illinois, was indicted for one count of workers compensation fraud and five additional counts of making false statements, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. If convicted, Luck faces up to thirty years in prison, a $250,000 fine, up to three years supervised, plus mandatory restitution. The indictment alleges that Luck worked for the U.S. Postal service as a mail carrier for the East Alton Post Office and while in her position she submitted a fraudulent workers compensation claim for a purported on-the-job injury. The indictment also alleges that she submitted a number of false leave slips, fabricated a doctor’s note and falsified hospital records in support of claimed emergency and sick leave.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.
The indictment is the result of an investigation conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service, Office of Inspector General. The prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman R. Smith.
source: US Attorney for Southern District of Illinois