A former U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee has admitted to committing fraud by pocketing over $650,000 in workers compensation payments for an on-the-job slip and fall she falsely claimed disabled her, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey.
Janeide Chillis, 53, from Irvington pleaded guilty in exchange for leniency for committing fraud to obtain workers’ compensation and making false statements. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 10, 2020. Attorney information wasn’t available.
According to court documents, the former USPS employee was a USPS employee until March 2006, when she suffered a slip-and-fall accident. She reportedly signed and filed under penalty of perjury a workers’ compensation claim with the U.S. Department of Labor, alleging she suffered disabling injuries from her workplace accident. She even provided a letter from a doctor who claimed she was “temporarily totally disabled,” sources indicate.
The indicted employee was granted workers’ compensation benefits by the Department of Labor, and over the next several years, she “periodically submitted additional forms certifying that she was unemployed and would report any income or other information that affected her receipt of benefits.”
However, records show from 2011 to present day, the former employee earned extra income which she allegedly used to travel to France and countries in Africa, but didn’t report to the Department of Labor. During that period, she received reimbursement payments for home health aide services until the beginning of 2013. She also continued receiving benefits based on false representations she made to the U.S. Department of Labor. In total, she allegedly received $686,588 in federal benefits.
U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito credited special agents of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General New York Region, and special agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation for their work in the investigation that led to the alleged employee’s guilty plea on May 4.
Workers’ compensation is an insurance fund that pays for an injured worker’s medical bills and a portion of their lost wages, as well as rehabilitation in some cases, or death benefits for the family of a worker who dies while on the job. With some few exceptions, all businesses are required to operate with workers’ compensation insurance.
Making false statements and committing fraud to obtain federal workers’ compensation benefits is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gain or loss derived from the offense—whichever is greater.
Federal employees who knowingly and willfully falsify or conceal essential facts about a workers’ compensation claim or make false statements in relation to that claim shall be found guilty of perjury. Perjury is a serious crime, and anyone who is accused of workers’ compensation fraud should immediately consult an experienced attorney.
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