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Sentenced to probation in workers comp fraud case

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A former U.S. Postal Service mail carrier was sentenced to two years of probation after being found guilty by jury of worker’s compensation fraud, wire fraud, federal program fraud, and making false statements, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Chopper Loughran, 32, of Lake Station, was sentenced last week to two years of probation and 12 months of home confinement and ordered to pay restitution of $12,942.70, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

“According to documents filed in this case, Loughran worked as a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service in Northwest Indiana for less than a year when she filed a claim stating that she injured her ankle while delivering mail,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “At trial, the evidence established that Loughran filed the claim shortly after being advised that her performance was not up to standard. Loughran knowingly submitted materially false statements and information on various forms connected with applications for compensation and payable benefits.”

This case was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Posted 7/28/2014