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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Secret Shopping and OWCP

A Postal Inspector tactic to trick injured workers has recently been brought to my attention. An injured worker was contacted by someone from a “marketing” company who wanted her to work as a secret shopper. She met with them, was given some gift cards to use, and proceeded to “work” by occasionally buying things. Turns out, the various representatives of the company were all Postal Inspectors. The injured worker even went to a bowling party with other “employees” of the “marketing” company. Her new friends were all Postal inspectors. The injured worker was successfully prosecuted for fraud.

If you are receiving benefits because you are unable to work, you cannot work. You cannot engage in any activity that could be construed in any way as working or operating a business.