This week, it was announced that a federal jury in Orlando, Florida had found a woman guilty of one count of theft of government funds and two counts of concealing a material fact in connection with the receipt of workers compensation benefits. 54-year-old Susan J. Gissy of Crystal River now faces a maximum penalty of ten years on the theft charge and up to five years on each of the concealment charges. The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on March 5, 2017.
Evidence presented during the trial showed that Gissy was employed as a rural mail carrier with the United States Postal Service. In 2011, Gissy filed a federal workers’ compensation disability claim in relation to a lower back injury. In 2014, the defendant received a permanent disability impairment rating in part due to misrepresentations on her behalf.
In 2016, federal agents observed the defendant engaging in strenuous activating, including boating, scuba diving and riding waterslides. An investigation determined that the defendant had misrepresented the extent of her recovery. In total, Gissy received more than $112,000 in workers’ compensation disability benefits to which she was not entitled.
The defendant also knowingly concealed and covered up her recovery by filing false documentation to support her claim. Additional details can be found here.