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AG: Postal worker went zip-lining while on disability

'Workers' compensation fraud is a serious crime'

TRENTON, N.J. - A former postal worker who had claimed a wrist injury prevented him from working is facing insurance fraud charges after he posted photos that showed him zip-lining and rappelling, authorities said.

Robert McGeehan also faces a theft charge in the indictment handed up Monday by a state grand jury.

The Lower Township, Cape May County, man is accused of stealing more than $75,000 in federal workers' compensation benefits.

"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," said Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Christopher Iu. "The indictment of this postal worker sends a message that workers’ compensation fraud is a serious crime with serious consequences."

McGeehan, 59, injured his wrist in February 2008 and had arthroscopic surgery. He eventually was deemed fit for light duty, but he disputed that finding.

"This defendant claims he is physically unfit to return to work, even on light duty, but he's allegedly out there engaging in strenuous physical activities, including outdoor recreation," said Attorney General Porrino. "Workers' compensation is meant to provide financial assistance to those who are legitimately unable to work, not provide able-bodied employees with paid time off to enjoy themselves."

Besides the photos, postal service investigators said McGeehan did strenuous yard work at his home, using a chain saw and throwing large logs.


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