5/2/16 A veteran letter carrier lied to his bosses five years ago, telling them he hurt his shoulder on the job when he was actually injured off the clock.
But it wasn’t enough for Ronald Henderson to seek more than $64,000 in fraudulent disability pay and medical treatment reimbursements, according to court documents. He also sought and received more than $93,000 in false travel reimbursements.
In one day alone, he falsely claimed to have driven 1,336 miles.
“The travel claims he submitted were outrageous on their face,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Stoker wrote in court documents. He noted that at an average speed of 55 miles per hour it would take more than 24 hours to drive that many miles.
According to court documents, Henderson – who will be on the hook for restitution – pleaded guilty in December to one count of federal employees’ compensation fraud
The documents said Henderson went to his primary care physician in North Carolina on May 6, 2011, regarding a pain in his right shoulder. He was diagnosed on June 10, 2011, with a torn rotator cuff.
The next morning, Henderson went to work, conducted a vehicle safety check and started sorting mail, documents said. About 30 minutes after arriving, Henderson told his supervisor that he had just felt a sharp pain in his right shoulder while reaching up for something
Henderson sought compensatory pay while he was unable to work, but later failed to alert the U.S. Department of Labor he returned to duty in May 2012. During that time, he received more than $16,000 he wasn’t entitled to, documents said.
In August 2011, Henderson started seeking travel reimbursements for doctors’ appointments and trips to pharmacies, documents said. From then until May 2012, he submitted approximately 969 refund requests.
The documents outline several trips he claimed to have taken Feb. 28, 2012. Among other things, he claimed to have made five 200-mile round trips from his home to various pharmacies and doctors’ offices.
There were no records indicating Henderson visited any of those places that day, documents said.