Postal Worker Was Running Marathons While Collecting Workers Comp

By: Lanetra Bennett; US. Department of Justice Press Release Email
By: Lanetra Bennett; US. Department of Justice Press Release Email
A former postal worker was sentenced today in federal court.  
The 26-year veteran had been convicted of fraud after she was caught running marathons while receiving workers

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Tallahassee, Florida- August 29, 2012

A former postal worker was sentenced today in federal court.
The 26-year veteran had been convicted of fraud after she was caught running marathons while receiving workers' compensation benefits.

Jacquelyn Myers' attorney said the postal service should've confronted Myers if they knew she was running marathons while on light duty at work. The judge said he understood that the government had to build its case but, agreed that probation was appropriate.

A federal judge says just because someone can do this, it doesn't mean they should do this. However, the judge says he had to base his sentencing on the jury's findings and in May, 2012 a jury found 55-year-old Jacquelyn Myers guilty of healthcare fraud and making false statements to get workers' compensation.

August 29th the judge sentenced her to three years probation.

Said Mike Teeto, a Tallahassee resident: "She definitely doesn't belong in prison or anything serious. I think America takes that a little too far. But, I think she needs probation for sure."

Prosecutors say Myers claimed she was physically unable to do her job as a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service because of a 2009 back injury yet, she competed in more than 80 athletic events even running the Boston Marathon and winning the title of top athlete in her age group in all of Georgia.

"Definitely not something that I would be happy about, thinking 'Oh she's getting away with that kind of thing'. I'm kind of glad she got sentenced because honestly, that's wrong," said Helen McCulloch, a Tallahassee resident.
"I think it's cheating America and people that need it more."

Myers' attorney denied prosecutors' claims that the marathon runner misled doctors and her employers just to be put on light duty and have Saturdays off.

Myers' attorney said Myers did tell her physical therapist that she was running races while on disability. The judge said that the postal service should've sat down with Myers and asked what her physical capabilities were.

The judge ordered Myers to pay restitution of $26,714 plus $400 special assessment.

Tallahassee, Florida- August 29, 2012- Noon

Myers has been sentenced to three years probation. She is also ordered to pay restitution of $26,714 plus $400 special assessment.

The judge says Myers must begin her payments within 60 days.

Myers has the right to appeal within 14 days.


Tallahassee, Florida- May 16, 2012

Former postal employee, Jacquelyn V. Myers, 55, of Tallahassee, Florida, was found guilty by a federal jury yesterday of healthcare fraud and making false statements to obtain workers’ compensation benefits.

Evidence presented at the two-day jury trial established that, while claiming she was physically unable to fulfill her responsibilities as a rural letter carrier with the Postal Service, Myers competed in more than 80 athletic events in Florida and Georgia. Although she claimed that she could only handle “light duty” in her government job, Myers was competing in 5K races, 10K races, triathlons, and marathons, including the Boston Marathon, which she ran in April 2010.

In May 2009, Myers reported that she had suffered a lower back injury during the annual letter carriers’ food drive. As a result, she was relieved of the letter carrying duties for which she had been hired, and placed on “light duty.” Between June and December of 2009, Myers told her treating physicians and physical therapists that her back injury had not improved, and that she was unable to twist and bend at the waist – activities associated with the delivery of mail. Photographs and videotapes taken during the same period show Myers running barefoot on gravel in a cross-country event, and swimming, cycling, and running in a triathlon. Evidence at trial demonstrated that Myers’ race times actually improved over those recorded prior to her reported date of injury.

The defendant faces maximum sentences of five years in prison for false statements and ten years in prison for healthcare fraud. Sentencing has been scheduled for July 25, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., before United States District Judge Robert L. Hinkle.

Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, praised the work of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, whose investigation led to the convictions.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Coody.

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  • by C Myers Location: Colorado on May 18, 2012 at 09:11 PM
    NO NO NO "TYPICAL!" The US Postal Service IS NOT and HAS NOT been taxpayer funded for over 30 years. So put your worries aside about having to shell out for a bailout, will you please? Along with millions of others who mistakenly think the same as you do.
  • by kenny Location: Jacksonville Ar on May 18, 2012 at 07:12 PM
    I was a postal employee for over 23 yrs and hurt my back to the point i couldn't walk without pain. I was treated like a criminal by the postal service, and lost almost everything i had because they wouldn't pay me for over 2 yrs. People like her make it hard for legitament back injuries to be reconized by the postal service
  • by Jenny Location: Spokane WA on May 18, 2012 at 04:43 PM
    I've been employed with USPS for 15yrs. I wouldn't do anything right now to put my job in danger. You don't know what the future holds.
  • by Rita Location: Tallahassee on May 18, 2012 at 03:24 PM
    As a PI, Insurance Agent and retired LEO, I sweat videoing Work Comp violators and it really bites that I am in a hot car while people get away with defrauding not only their employers but insurance companies. It's about time someone got busted. Wish I would have been the investigator!!
  • by Amy on May 18, 2012 at 08:51 AM
    Typical...and while it matters not whether she was black or white, the sad truth is that no doubt she would have had a better chance of getting away with it if she were black. At the very least, she'd have the NAACP in there trying to prove she was railroaded, maybe the Postal Service Thirteen, compiled of all the other government frauds! As it is, hopefully this cheat will have to repay all the money she defrauded the USPS and W/C out of!! No wonder they're going broke, as you know they dont have enough sense to catch all the other frauds!! (surprising she's white, actually, as when my friend was desperately hunting a job, he was told the postal service was not even HIRING!!! Then, lo and behold, over a period of months, we continued to see new faces, all of whom were a decidedly darker complexion!) That, of course, is another 'poor folks that cant find decent jobs, except for reporters, weathermen, government, ceos', school principles...etc etc.' ha
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      by Mark on May 18, 2012 at 01:26 PM in reply to Amy
      What a hateful, racist comment.
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      by Rebecca on May 18, 2012 at 01:45 PM in reply to Amy
      To a racist everything is always about race. Even when its not they make it.
    • reply
      by Lori on May 22, 2012 at 07:22 PM in reply to Amy
      The sad truth is NOT that "she would have had a better chance of getting away with it if she were black." The sad truth IS that you are a racist moron.
  • by Carole Location: Tallahassee on May 18, 2012 at 07:17 AM
    Running and jogging is stressful on knees and your back, if she could do all these marathons, she could have worked. If she had been innocent, she would not have been convicted - sorry, you got caught.
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      by Anonymous on May 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM in reply to Carole
      You don't think that there is any chance of anyone getting convicted when they are actually innocent?
  • by litobit on May 17, 2012 at 09:42 PM
    Well according to the people who commented on here, who actually knew her and the real story, I hope she doesn't do a day in prison/jail! And don't forget we are talking about the Floriduh legal system, nothing but a cesspool of liars and crooked fools.
  • by Mike Location: Tallahassee on May 17, 2012 at 06:17 PM
    As a friend of hers, it is disappointing to see this. I don't put much past anyone, but she was always nice and kind. I never knew her to be malicious towards anyone; in fact, she was often quite the opposite. The people shooting from the hip on here - yes, discipline is needed. I'm sure if we were to examine each others lives a little closer, we'd all find a little (or a lot) of things that, by the grace of God, has not been thrown out in front of everyone. I'll be praying for Jackie, as she is my friend.
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      by Anonymous on May 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM in reply to Mike
      Nice people do not commit fraud!
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        by Mike on May 21, 2012 at 04:53 PM in reply to
        Seems she had 14 counts thrown out, an over-zealous prosecutor looking to make an example out of someone, had doctor's approval to participate in the mentioned activities - MONTHS later, and she had to find out at the trial through the doctor's testimony that her condition is probably permanent. The judge evidently had to call the jury aside twice due to inappropriate comments made by the prosecution, and it appears that the case as not been fully resolved. Hmmm... maybe only part of this story has been reported - that never happens, right? >:(
  • by CNSF Location: Alabama on May 17, 2012 at 06:07 PM
    Since I know this woman personally I will tell you not to believe everything you read...she was NOT running marathons during the time they claim. While she was on light duty, she was doing race walks that her doctor approved of. It wasn't until later (after she was fired) that she actually started improving enough to do more WITH her doctor's permission. Since the doctor said she could do these things but couldn't go back to regular duty, how does that make her guilty of fraud? Unless you personally know the whole story behind this (right down to the fact that her boss had a personal dislike for her) you shouldn't be condemning anyone. This woman has worked hard her entire life and was railroaded by an agency that didn't want to continue to pay for her rehabilitation...they even tried to throw up roadblocks so she couldn't go to physical therapy while she was still working for them & under THEIR doctor's orders to go.
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      by CommonSense on May 18, 2012 at 05:01 AM in reply to CNSF
      IF this is true you would think the defense would have brought this information forward. It would have got a LONG way to proving her innocence, BUT, since she was convicted by a jury of her PEERS and found GUILTY, this is now a moot point.
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      by Yeah, right on May 18, 2012 at 05:32 AM in reply to CNSF
      If that was the case, she would not have been convicted. A trial is supposed to look at all the evidence, including doctor's order, and a jury decides who is telling the truth. Obviously she did not come across as an honest person.
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        by CNSF on May 19, 2012 at 06:40 PM in reply to Yeah, right
        See my above reply to CommonSense
  • by LOL Location: Work on May 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM
    Run! Jackie Run!! You are an Idiot! You must have really upset someone to have them watching you. Think about that friend you borrowed money from to go participate in the race. The ticket lady and now the mail WOMAN
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