Robert McGeehan was recently indicted on charges of third degree insurance fraud and second degree theft by deception after he collected over $75,000 in federal workers’ compensation benefits.
Between July 2015 and June 2017, McGeehan received Workers’ Comp benefits and benefits from the United States Postal Service by falsely claiming that an on the job fall in 2008 rendered him medically unfit to perform his duties as a postman.
He did fall on ice while delivering mail in 2008 and had surgery to repair torn cartilage. The USPS deemed him fit to return to work on light duty in 2009, 2010, and 2012, but McGeehan disputed those findings and turned down other jobs within the USPS.
McGeehan, however, was photographed zip lining while on vacation and rappelling in June and July of 2016. USPS investigators recorded him doing yardwork outside his home with a chainsaw and handsaw and throwing logs.
As Prosecutor Christopher Iu stated: “Those who unlawfully collect workers’ compensation benefits undermine the integrity of the government assistance program and cause funds to be diverted from people who truly need them. The indictment of this postal worker sends a message that workers’ compensation fraud is a serious crime with serious consequences.”