Ex-postal employee pleads guilty to fraud involving medical claims

 

From Illinois Business Journal news services

EAST ST. LOUIS — A former postal worker has pleaded guilty in a federal case accusing her of falsifying worker’s comp and related medical claims.

Ashton Luck, 29, from South Roxana, pled guilty to a six-count indictment that charged one count of worker’s compensation fraud and five additional counts of making false statements, Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said today.

Luck faces up to 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years’ supervision upon his release, plus mandatory restitution. Sentencing is scheduled for March 10.

As part of the plea, Luck admitted that while she worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier for the East Alton Post Office, she submitted a fraudulent worker’s compensation claim for a purported on-the-job injury. She also admitted 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.

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.

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