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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Postal worker health fraud rises as mail volume falls

For seven years, postal worker Colette Lee collected nearly $250,000 in federal benefits after telling the government she was disabled as a result of a work-related injury. What the Baltimore woman didn't disclose was a medical history that included injuries in four auto crashes that occurred before she claimed benefits under the Federal Employees Compensation Act. Lee, 49, faces sentencing in U.S. District Court in Baltimore in February after pleading guilty last month to a single count of making a false statement to obtain those benefits. She could face a maximum sentence of five years. "This case is an insult to taxpayers and honest government employees," said Maryland...