On Thursday, it was announced that a 55-year-old woman from Fruitland, Idaho had been sentenced to prison. Deborah Joy Durand was sentenced to 15 months in prison and two years of supervised release. Durand has also been ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $903,316.48. Evidence presented showed that Durand had a back injury while working at the Post Office.
Due to her back injury, she was unable to work for a period of time. When she regained her capability to work, Durable did not and obtained total disability status instead. Special agents with the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General acquired evidence that Durand was performing many physical activities, including building fences, removing stumps, mowing the lawn, riding horses and more.
The defendant had also taken a three-day kayaking trip, in which she paddled roughly 30 miles. Durand claimed that she was unable to sit or stand for long and was “totally sedentary”. She claimed she was unable to work in any capacity. The defendant was ultimately convicted of four counts of fraud related to workers’ compensation benefits at trial.
During the course of the scheme, Durand acquired more than $664,828.16 based on her workers’ compensation claims. She also received $238,488.32 for wages, despite being able to work at least a desk job at the post office. Again, 55-year-old Deborah Joy Durand has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and two years of supervised release.
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