Southern Illinois postman faces federal punishment for lying to collect disability benefits | Crime-and-courts

BELLEVILLE — A Belleville letter carrier has pleaded guilty to federal charges of lying in order to collect disability benefits.

Randy Goodwin, 56, was charged in U.S. Court for the Southern District of Illinois under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act.

According to court documents, Goodwin began receiving a federal disability after being injured on the job with the US Postal Service in 2013. He then went to work for Good Heavens BBQ, his family’s restaurant in East St. Louis.

Annual disability forms require recipients to disclose additional income and employment, which Goodwin failed to do, according to court documents. Goodwin lied to avoid any reduction in his benefits, records show.

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As a result of her plea, Goodwin will not be able to receive disability benefits in the future. He also paid over $20,000 in restitution on the day of his plea hearing.

Sentencing will take place at the East St. Louis Federal Courthouse on June 13. Along with losing his disability benefits and paying restitution, Goodwin could also face a year in jail and a fine of up to $100,000.

“…This guilty plea sends a clear message that workers’ compensation fraud is a federal crime, with serious consequences,” said Special Agent in Charge Andre Martin, of the office of United States Postal Service Inspector General’s Office Central Area grounds. A declaration. “The USPS OIG and the U.S. Attorney’s Office remain committed to protecting the integrity of the workers’ compensation program and ensuring the accountability and integrity of U.S. Postal Service employees.”

The investigation of this case was led by the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Postal Service. He was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Luke J. Weissler

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