Florida Rural Letter Carrier Convicted of Workers Comp Fraud

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Former postal employee, Jacquelyn V. Myers, 55, of Tallahassee, Florida, was found guilty by a federal jury yesterday of healthcare fraud and making false statements to obtain workers’ compensation benefits.

Evidence presented at the two-day jury trial established that, while claiming she was physically unable to fulfill her responsibilities as a rural letter carrier with the Postal Service, Myers competed in more than 80 athletic events in Florida and Georgia.  Although she claimed that she could only handle “light duty” in her government job, Myers was competing in 5K races, 10K races, triathlons, and marathons, including the Boston Marathon, which she ran in April 2010.

In May 2009, Myers reported that she had suffered a lower back injury during the annual letter carriers’ food drive.  As a result, she was relieved of the letter carrying duties for which she had been hired, and placed on “light duty.”  Between June and December of 2009, Myers told her treating physicians and physical therapists that her back injury had not improved, and that she was unable to twist and bend at the waist – activities associated with the delivery of mail.  Photographs and videotapes taken during the same period show Myers running barefoot on gravel in a cross-country event, and swimming, cycling, and running in a triathlon.  Evidence at trial demonstrated that Myers’ race times actually improved over those recorded prior to her reported date of injury.

The defendant faces maximum sentences of five years in prison for false statements and ten years in prison for healthcare fraud.  Sentencing has been scheduled for July 25, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., before United States District Judge Robert L. Hinkle.

Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, praised the work of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, whose investigation led to the convictions.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Coody.


8 thoughts on “Florida Rural Letter Carrier Convicted of Workers Comp Fraud

  1. NALC will win the arbitration. They will argue that running was actual therapy as evidenced by the carrier’s improvement at the finish line of each race. They will also argue that the carrier’s doctor did not actually prohibit running the boston marathon.

  2. I had neurosurgery for an L-5 S-1 lubabarsacrol laminectonomy performed for a ruptured disc when I was 37. I’m 55 now and still delivering mail but for the grace of God. We’ve had over a dozen in my office with these fictictous $$$Million dollar wounds. Bust them all what fakers and phonies. And they bust our chops for a few days sick leave

  3. we had a cheat in my office…they made a deal,she got her job back. terrible decision.

  4. i’d like to see the inept office of the inspector general
    use a little of their energy to pursue the waste, fraud, and abuse
    conducted by postal management all over the country
    on a daily basis. the office of the inspector general says on their
    website that they bring accountability and integrity to the post office….lol;
    what a load of crap. by any reasonable test the office of the inspector general/usps is a near useless failure.

  5. You don’t get workers comp for light duty. You are still working while on light duty. You are on limited duty if you are on workers comp.

Comments are closed.