Glenwood postal worker pleads guilty to stealing over $100K in government benefits

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Updated: October 11, 2019 01:30 PM

A former Glenwood postal worker has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 in government benefits.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Lisa Ann Schafer, 57, entered her plea Friday in U.S. District Court in St. Paul.

According to Schafer's plea and court documents, she was an employee of the U.S. Postal Service from Sept. 18, 2015 through May 3, 2019. During her employment, she knowingly claimed Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) benefits by falsely claiming a work-related injury prevented her from working in a full-time capacity.

The attorney's office said Schafer reported to her doctor that her medical condition required her to rest a majority of each day and she could only tolerate sedentary work. Her doctor accordingly limited her to two hours of office work per day, enabling her to collect FECA benefits.

But, during the same time, Schafer was seen participating in 30-40 dog-agility competitions where she was running, bending and using large arm movements to navigate dogs through exercises.

In total, Schafer stole $108,490.47 in benefits, according to the attorney's office.

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