Houston Physical Therapy Execs convicted of $9.6 million in false, fraudulent OWCP claims for postal workers

CEO, CFO and VP Convicted in Nationwide Worker’s Compensation Fraud Scheme HOUSTON – Several officials with Team Work Ready (TWR) have been convicted of conspiracy, health care fraud, wire fraud and money laundering, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. TWR had clinics in five states including Federal Work Ready in Houston, Alamo Work Ready in San […]

Former Florida NALC Branch president convicted of kickback scheme dies in jail

Lenin V. Perez, a former president of the Tampa National Association of Letter Carriers, died Tuesday at the Pinellas County jail while awaiting sentencing on federal charges for his role in a workers compensation kickback scheme. Perez, 70, was found unable to move or speak and died in his housing area in the jail’s medical […]

Massachusetts Letter Carrier Sentenced for Worker’s Compensation Fraud

BOSTON – A former U.S. Postal Service employee was sentenced yesterday for fraudulently obtaining worker’s compensation for medical travel. Joseph Bouchard, 67, of Georgetown, Mass. was sentenced by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler to six months’ probation and ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 and restitution of $50,000.  In June 2016, […]

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 […]

Former Massachusetts Letter Carrier Pleads Guilty to Worker’s Compensation Fraud

June 23, 2016 BOSTON – A former U.S. Postal Service employee pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Boston to fraudulently obtaining worker’s compensation for medical travel. Joseph Bouchard, 67, of Georgetown, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud in obtaining federal employee compensation. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler scheduled sentencing for […]

APWU: Expect More Attacks on Injured Postal, Federal Workers

Over the last decade, attacks on injured federal employees and postal workers, led primarily by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) [postalreporter.com added link] , have been relentless. But she isn’t the only one who has tried to dismantle the comprehensive coverage provided by the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA). Over the years, proponents of cuts have […]

New York Postal Worker Charged With Federal Disability Fraud

Postal Worker Claimed Work-Related Disability SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Lynn M. Allen, 47, of Marcy, New York, appeared in federal court in Syracuse on charges stemming from a scheme to defraud the United States Postal Service and the U.S. Department of Labor of more than $94,000 in federal disability compensation payments, announced United States Attorney […]

USPS OIG raid Texas OWCP doctor’s office

2/18/16 Federal agents on Thursday raided the Temple medical office of Leslie Wayne Benson, a Texas physician who has been disciplined by state officials for improper bookkeeping and billing issues. Agents from the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General spent the morning loading files into boxes from Benson’s clinic at 2114 Birdcreek Drive […]

NY Letter Carrier played in softball leagues after claiming OWCP benefits

2/12/16 SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A woman is accused of collecting more than $94,000 on disability from her job with the U.S. Postal Service while playing in several softball leagues. Lynn M. Allen, 47, of Marcy, was arraigned Friday in federal court in Syracuse, announced U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian. A five-count indictment charges her with wire […]

New Jersey Postal Worker charged with OWCP fraud after being profiled on CNN

2/11/16 After [Postal Worker/City Carrier Assistant hired in 2014] Christopher Cassese of Bergenfield received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marines following a controversial incident that cost him a rank, CNN produced a feature on his new business, Semper Fi Pest Control. On Thursday, authorities charged Cassese, 44, with working the side job while collecting […]