Caught: New Jersey Letter Carrier Zip Lines and Rappells While On Workers Compensation

TRENTON – Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) announced that a U.S. Postal Service employee from Lower Township has been charged with stealing more than $75,000 in federal workers’ compensation benefits after vacation photos he posted on Facebook allegedly show him zip lining and rock rappelling while purportedly out of work with a wrist injury.

Robert McGeehan, 59, was charged with second-degree theft by deception and third-degree insurance fraud in an indictment handed up by a grand jury in Trenton, according to a release.

According to the indictment, between July 2015 and June 2017, McGeehan obtained more than $75,000 from the Office of Workers’ Compensation Program and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) by falsely claiming an on-the-job fall in 2008 rendered him medically unfit to perform his duties as a letter carrier.

But according to prosecutors, in July 2015, McGeehan posted photos on Facebook showing him zip lining and rappelling while on vacation, and in June and July of 2016, USPS investigators recorded McGeehan outside his home doing strenuous yard work, including using a chain saw and a hand saw, and throwing large logs.

“This defendant claims he is physically unfit to return to work, even on light duty, but he’s allegedly out there engaging in strenuous physical activities, including outdoor recreation,” stated Attorney General Porrino. “Workers’ compensation is meant to provide financial assistance to those who are legitimately unable to work, not provide able-bodied employees with paid time off to enjoy themselves.” Read more at Cape May County Herald

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