Video: Colorado postal worker accused of faking cancer in order to use sick leave

Denver7 reporter Molly Hendrickson tells us a United States Postal Service employee is facing a number of fraud charges in connection to allegations that she faked a cancer diagnosis in order to use hundreds of hours of sick time.fakecancer

 

Source: Affidavit: Postal worker forged doctor’s notes, faked cancer diagnosis to use sick time

Postal Service Employee Indicted After Faking Cancer in Order to Work from Home and Claim Hundreds of Hours of Sick Leave

DENVER – Caroline Zarate Boyle, age 59, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, was indicted last week for using a forged writing to defraud the United States, Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer and U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge (USPS OIG) Scott Pierce announced. Boyle was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 16, 2017, and appeared before a federal magistrate judge last Friday morning (March 24, 2017) for arraignment. Earlier she was advised of her rights and the charges pending against her. She was then released on bond.

Boyle, a U.S. Postal Service employee, appeared before a Magistrate Judge in U.S. District Court earlier this month in response to a summons on a complaint alleging that she faked having cancer in order to claim over 100 days of sick leave and be allowed to work from home. She effectuated this fraud by forging several doctor notes regarding her alleged treatment and e-mailing them to her supervisor. However, employees from the offices of the doctors involved told special agents from the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General that the notes were fake and Boyle had never received treatment there. Some of the notes had inaccurate information, including misspellings of the name of the doctor she was allegedly seeing.

“The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General is excellent at rooting out fraud and conducting thorough, righteous investigations,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer. “Thanks to them, Americans don’t have to tolerate this kind of cheating.”

Scott Pierce, USPS OIG Special Agent in Charge, Contract Fraud Investigations Division, said, “The American public expects employees of the U.S. Postal Service to be honest and forthright in their professional endeavors. For employees who choose otherwise, OIG special agents aggressively investigate allegations of criminal misconduct. In this instance, an employee fabricated medical documentation and other reports indicating she was being treated for a devastating disease, all of which were untrue. Fortunately, the actions of this employee are not indicative of the vast majority of U.S. Postal Service personnel who are dedicated, hard-working public servants.”

Boyle has been charged with a one count of presenting a forged writing to the United States with the intent to defraud. This charge carries a penalty of up to ten years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Burrows.

The charges contained in the complaint and indictment are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

14 thoughts on “Video: Colorado postal worker accused of faking cancer in order to use sick leave

  1. Another postal manager bites the dust!!!

    Idiot manager couldn’t even spell the doctor’s name right!! LOL

    You can’t make this crap up!!!

  2. Interesting story. Certainly disgusting. However, the news failed to report that the USPS is not an easy place to get time off. If this was her accrued sick leave, then I am not sure why there is possible prosecution. I didn’t see that she solicited sick leave or money from anyone. Shouldn’t be illegal to use your own saved time. Forged documents are illegal, no doubt. However, I do sympathize with her feeling she had to do this to use her own time. The news doesn’t report the whole story.

    • You get time off in an orderly manner and according to schedule. It is already more generous than some private entities. Using leaves in a fraudulent manner is going to be disciplined accordingly.

    • She should have read the bottom of the FMLA and 3971’s she signed. That’s more the issue i take from the report. After 26 yrs she may have had the 112 days. unless she requested donated leave. I feel this isn’t the first time in her career she’s done this. I think its more about the paperwork than the time used. She lied about her sick leave use and that’s the offense.

      • Not only did she lie, she committed fraud by forging doctors’s signatures. By definition, it’s a criminal offense and will be dealt with appropriately .

    • What she did is illegal. Read the bottom of the 3971 right where they sign, 5 years in prison or $10,000 fine for false information.

  3. Now maybe the USPS will grant her wish, and she can stay home all the time with no pay, YOUR FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • *hysterical laughing*
        That’s funny. Aussie Post CEO makes $5.6 million/yr compared to USPS Postmaster General’s $544,00. USPS’s losses were caused by a Congressional mandate to pre-fund future retiree health benefits for 75 years. Yes, in layman’s terms, that’s pre-funding for employees that HADN’T EVEN BEEN BORN YET. Remember, a decision made by the US government…

  4. lol if the fanooks did not pick the postal circus as a first career……..they would all be brain surgeons! now you know why they lost $105 Billion since 2009. even the CEO of Aussie Post said they are a bunch of losers! (google it)

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