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Montana Postal Employee Sentenced For Workers' Comp Fraud


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11/17/2008
Brent Adams
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A former employee of the U.S. Postal service from Montana who had been convicted of lying about a back injury in order to receive fraudulent benefits for workers’ compensation has been give a prison sentence of a year and one day.

On May 19, 43-year-old Karis Blank was also ordered by District Judge Richard Cebull to pay a restitution of $37,462. In November, she was convicted of one count of wire fraud and five counts of making false statements.

In 1998, Blank, a distribution clerk at the main post office in Billings, Montana at the time, filed an injury form alleging that she had wrenched her back.

Blank started receiving benefits from workers’ comp and later returned to work with limitations. In December of 1999, she alleged that her injury had recurred and ceased work in October 2004. She claimed that her injury was preventing her from working.

However, according to prosecutors, Blank performed activities such as swimming, riding all-terrain vehicles, sitting for long periods, twisting, bending, and squatting. She was caught on videotape by investigators from the Postal Service dancing, throwing darts, and tossing candy from a parade float during the time she claimed to be injured.



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