California Postal Window Clerk Delivered Some Bad News

United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced that Chief United States District Judge Anthony Ishii sentenced 44 year-old Karina S. Beard of Turlock, California to one year in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for four counts of mail fraud and two counts of federal workers compensation fraud. Beard was also ordered to pay $81,694 in restitution.

 
According to court documents, Beard worked as a distribution and window clerk for the Postal Service in Groveland. For two plus years, Beard received federal workers comp benefits for an on-the-job injury. Because of her claimed injuries, restrictions were placed on Beard's physical activities: no reaching, no pushing, no pulling, no driving for more than 20 minutes, etc.
 
 
Yet, Beard performed various physical tasks, such as horseback riding, caring for horses, yard work, and driving all using the purportedly injured part of her body. Because of claims Beard made in routine Department of Labor questionnaires, she continued to receive workers comp benefits, all while not entitled to such benefits. (WCxKit)
 
At least once a year the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers Compensation Programs is required to ask every total disability benefit claimant whether the claimant has had any employment, earnings, or changes in their medical condition over the previous 15 months. In compliance with regulations, OWCP sends out a questionnaire to each claimant. Claimants reporting changes in employment, earnings, or their medical conditions on the questionnaire may experience a reduction or termination of benefits.

 

Author Robert Elliott, executive vice president, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. He is an editor and contributor to Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%. Contact: Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.
 
 
 
NEW 2012 WORKERS COMP MANAGEMENT GUIDEBOOK:  www.WCManual.com
 
WORK COMP CALCULATOR:  www.LowerWC.com/calculator.php
 
Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker or agent about workers comp issues.
 
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California Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Federal Workers Comp Fraud

United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner (California) recently announced that Karina S. Beard, 44, of Turlock, plead guilty to four counts of mail fraud and two counts of federal Workers Compensation fraud.

 
 
According to the plea agreement, from October 2006 through January 2009, Beard received federal workers comp benefits for an on-the-job injury she sustained in 2000 while working for the Postal Service. Because of her claimed injuries, restrictions were placed on her physical activities. According to the plea, Beard performed various physical tasks using the purportedly injured part of her body, such as horseback riding. (WCxKit)
 
 

According to court documents
, Beard made false claims on a United States Department of Labor, Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP) form. The OWCP is required to make an inquiry of every claimant who receives total disability benefits to ascertain whether the claimant has had any employment, earnings, or changes in their medical condition over the previous 15 months. In compliance with regulations, OWCP sends out a questionnaire to each claimant. Claimants reporting changes in employment, earnings, or their medical condition on the questionnaire may experience a reduction or termination of benefits.
 
 

Author Robert Elliott
, executive vice president, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. See www.LowerWC.com for more information. Contact: Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.
 

WORKERS COMP MANAGEMENT GUIDE:  www.WCManual.com
 
WORK COMP CALCULATOR:  www.LowerWC.com/calculator.php

 
Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker or agent about workers comp issues.
 
©2011 Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved under International Copyright Law. If you would like permission to reprint this material, contact

Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.

 
 
Beard is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Anthony Ishii early next year. She faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count of mail fraud. 

It’s Dog Bite Prevention Week – Don’t Miss Three Hot Tips

Don't scream. Avoid eye contact. Don't run.
 
 
According to an Associated Press report, those are just a few tips offered by the U.S. Postal Service to avoid dog bites after more than 5,600 mail carriers were victims last year of dog attacks. The widespread problem cost the U.S. Postal Service nearly $1.2 million in medical expenses, the government reported recently. (WCxKit)
 
 
Houston and other warmer cities proved the most often locale of dog attacks, although letter carriers were bitten in more than 1,400 cities around the country.  From an insurance standpoint, State Farm noted it paid $11 million in claims for dog bites in California in 2010, the most of any state.
 
 
The Postal Service released the numbers in advance of annual dog bite prevention week, which begins the week of May 16. Its goal is to try and reduce the number of dog attacks, both on mail carriers and in the general population. Last year, more than 4.7 million Americans were bitten, most of them children.
 
 
According to the Postal Service, the top cities for dog attacks after Houston are Columbus, Ohio; San Diego, Calif.; Los Angeles; Louisville, Ky.; San Antonio, Texas; St. Louis, Mo.; Cleveland; Phoenix; Minneapolis; Portland, Ore.; Denver; Philadelphia; Sacramento, Calif.; and Seattle.
 
 
My advise: carry pepper spray, dog biscuits and a big jug of water…
 
Note: IF a post employee is bitten, it's a FECA Claim, and Managed Care Advisors a firm which specializes in helped federal employes control their claims costs can be found in our directory if you need help with these claims
 
 
Author Robert Elliott, executive vice president, Amaxx Risks Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. See www.LowerWC.com for more information. Contact:Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com or 860-553-6604.

 
Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker or agent about workers comp issues.
 
©2011 Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved under International Copyright Law. If you would like permission to reprint this material, contact Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.

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