A North Carolina couple is in hot water following a workers’ compensation investigation.
The husband and wife were formally employed at a mail-sorting plant. According to reports, they claimed that sitting more than 15 minutes caused pain and swelling. They were out of work and collecting disability benefits when the U.S. Postal Service received an anonymous tip that the couple was guilty of workers’ comp fraud.
Agents with the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General went undercover for two months, following the couple and documenting their activities—including taking videos. The couple allegedly exceeded the physical limitations of their disability claim.
The couple was taken to court and convicted for crimes involving workers’ compensation benefits.
The trial reportedly helped save more than $1 million, according to a U.S. Attorney commenting on the case.
The U.S. Postal Service isn’t the only government agency sending agents out with cameras. The Government Accountability Office announced surveillance practices as part of a broader review of workers’ compensation fraud controls at several federal agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration, Air Force, and Navy.
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