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Asheville Postal Worker Sentenced to Prison after Faking Work Injury


Posted on Mar 18, 2012

An Asheville woman has been sentenced to seven months in prison and asked to pay back $46,000 in restitution after she was caught lying about a work injury in order to receive compensation benefits.

NC Workers' Comp Fraud

According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, 46-year-old Robin Knight Smith was an employee of the United States Postal Service in Asheville when she reported a serious back injury that made it difficult to walk and impossible to sit and sort mail at her job. She stopped working and began collecting North Carolina workers’ compensation benefits.

Work Injuries on Camera

However, according to testimony and evidence at her recent trial, Smith was lying about her work injuries. Although she used a walker to get to and from her doctor’s office, she did not use a walker when shopping. At the same time, a camera captured the woman sitting for multiple hours while gambling at a local casino. Read more signs of NC workers' comp fraud.

Consequences of Workers' Comp Fraud in NC

U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger heard the case and sentenced the woman to prison as well as 100 hours of community service. In addition, Smith has been asked to repay the workers’ compensation that was given to her.

North Carolina workers’ compensation fraud hurts everyone – from your co-workers, to your employer, to other injured workers. Lying about a work injury has serious consequences that include prison and heavy fines.

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