On Thursday, April 5, 2018, it was announced that 40-year-old Lexy Lopez-Bateman of Slidell, Louisiana had pleaded guilty. The defendant was an employee of the United States Postal service when she suffered an ankle injury on the job in 2015. The defendant was entitled to workers compensation benefits, which included costs of travel to and from medical appointments. However, starting in 2015, Lopez-Bateman began submitting fraudulent requests for reimbursement to the United States Department of Labor.
After completing her treatment in January of 2016, Lopez-Bateman continued submitting fraudulent reimbursement requests through June 2017. She filed more than 300 fraudulent claims with inflated mileage or where no medical appointment occurred. As a result, Lopez-Bateman defrauded the United States government of $16,851.10. The defendant pleaded guilty to making false statements in connection with receiving federal workers compensation benefits.
At the time of sentencing, Lopez-Bateman will face a maximum sentence of five years in prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced on June 28, 2018. Additional details have been made available here.