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Women Charged with Disability Fraud after Game Show

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

Most people who receive disability benefits have serious injuries or illnesses that prevent them from working. However, some people take advantage of the system. A North Carolina mail carrier who was receiving disability payments for a shoulder injury has been charged with fraud after she was caught performing physical activities that should not have been possible given her disability claims. 

In 2011, Cathy Wrench Cashwell of Fayetteville, North Carolina applied for workers’ compensation for a shoulder injury that she claimed happened in 2004. She said that her injury prevented her from performing her job duties, which included lifting trays of mail into USPS mail trucks, carrying mail bags, and the inability to “stand, sit, kneel, squat, climb, bend, reach or grasp.”

In 2009, Cashwell appeared on the game show, “The Price is Right.” During her appearance, she was seen pulling hard on the “The Price is Right” wheel without any difficulty. According to investigators, Cashwell was able to “lift her arms above her head” and “grip the handle.”

This is not the only evidence that Cashwell was lying about her disability. In 2010, Cashwell was able to go zip-lining while on a Carnival Cruise trip. In 2011, Cashwell was caught lifting furniture and grocery bags without problems.

In June, Cashwell pled guilty to workers’ compensation fraud. She will be sentenced in September.

The National Crime Bureau says that fraud costs insurers more than $30 billion dollars each year. Fraud also costs those with real disabilities, as they must fight to receive the benefits to which they are entitled.

Fraudsters have made the disability insurance process very difficult. If you need help with your own disability claim, contact us today.

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