Former U.S. Postal worker, Joseph Bouchard from Georgetown, MA, was found guilty of defrauding the OWCP out of funds exceeding $50,000 by claiming reimbursements related to travel that he claimed was necessary for his medical treatment.
An overwhelming majority of federal workers are honest, hard-working people who simply want to know that there is assistance for them if they ever suffer an injury at work. Longtime USPS employee Bouchard, 67, however, proves that some are willing to commit fraud for their own gain and risk messing up the system for everyone.
The story can be read here. It states that, “From 2008 to 2014, while Bouchard was on medical leave, he submitted dozens of travel vouchers to fitness centers in Lexington, Lynnfield and Bedford for dates when he did not actually use those gyms or used a different gym of closer proximity.”
While it may seem like a good idea or easy to pull one over on the government, claiming and receiving money that you are not entitled to amounts to fraud and can land you in jail, with steep financial penalties, and/or probation. Your benefits are available to you for legitimate reasons, but don’t break the law in order to get more than your fair share.
Be honest and use honest doctors that will help you get the medical care you need.