Montana Postal Employee Gets Prison, Ordered to Pay Almost $1.0 Million for Workers Comp Fraud

11/30/17 GREAT FALLS – The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that Deborah Joy Durand, a 55-year-old resident of Fruitland, Idaho, was sentenced to 15 months in prison, two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $903,316.48 in restitution and forfeiture.  U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris Morris presided over the sentencing hearing. At […]

Man who worked for USPS 6 months, then filed fraudulent OWCP claim pleads guilty

9/28/2017 SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Michael McCree, 65, of Vacaville, CA, pleaded guilty today to one count of mail fraud, United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. According to court documents, McCree worked for the United States Post Office for approximately six months in 1988 and 1989, before he filed a workers’ compensation claim for an alleged […]

Former Dallas Workers Comp Senior Claims Examiner Sentenced to 15 Months in Federal Prison for Taking Bribes

Part of Massive Health Care Fraud Scheme to Fraudulently Bill the Federal Government, Through DOL/OWCP, More Than $9.5 Million DALLAS — Perry Rowell, 56, a former Senior Claims Examiner at the Department of Labor’s Office of Worker’s Compensation Program (DOL/OWCP), was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 15 months in federal […]

Longtime Michigan APWU Local President charged with embezzling $2,599

On February 3, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Lawrence “Larry” Moyer, President of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 6723 (located in Troy, Mich.), was charged in a criminal complaint with one count of embezzling $2,599 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge […]

Postal Workers among 28 charged in $9.5 million health care fraud scheme to steal money from OWCP

Twenty-one claimants, four doctors or medical providers, a senior claims examiner at DOL, a claims representative, and a medical provider’s employee were charged in the scheme. All but two defendants have pleaded guilty to their respective roles in the scheme. In total, the defendants were able to collectively fraudulently bill the federal government through the […]

Graphic: USPS Tops List of Whistleblower Retaliation Complaints

October 25, 2015  – has published a chart which shows that USPS tops the list for whistleblower retaliation complaints. According to the,chart below, there were 578 complaints lodged against USPS covering an eight-year period of  Oct. 01, 2007 and June 30, 2015. Railroad companies dominated the list with seven (7) in the top ten. […]

Ex-Postal Service Employee Indicted for Workers Comp Fraud

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 […]

Michigan APWU Local 300 President Charged With One Count of Embezzling $6720

On August 12, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Jesus Gonzales, President of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 300 (formerly Local 488-489), located in Lansing, Mich., was charged with one count of embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and one count of falsifying financial […]

USPS, DOL settle cases over heat hazards and retaliation of postal worker who called 911

June 28, 2015 – USPS was seeking to overturn OSHA citation, penalties in heat-related death of Missouri letter carrier and USPS settled case involving postal worker who called 911 and labeled a terrorist. On September 10, 2014, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) Administrative Law Judge Peggy Ball upheld the willful citation issued […]