Anniston man convicted of worker's compensation fraud
by Eddie Burkhalter
eburkhalter@annistonstar.com
Jul 29, 2013 | 6590 views |  0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A former U.S. Postal Service letter carrier was convicted last week in federal court of committing worker’s compensation fraud and other related crimes.

Sean Eric Slaton, 40, of Anniston was convicted on eight counts of false statements in connection with the Worker’s Compensation Program, 24 counts of wire fraud and one count of theft of government property, according to a press release by the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Government employees who lie and cheat to receive benefit funds that have been set aside to support injured and disabled workers are stealing from U.S. taxpayers and should expect to be prosecuted,” wrote U.S. attorney Joyce White Vance of the Northern District of Alabama in the press release.

Slaton began receiving workers compensation payments in 2002 after the U.S. Department of Labor Office deemed him disabled from a 2001 car accident that happened while he was working as a letter carrier in Birmingham, the press release states.

“He was charged with devising a scheme to defraud the Department of Labor and the Postal Service beginning in July 2011 by reporting false information,” the press release states. “Slaton was observed engaging in physical activities that exceeded his prescribed medical restrictions.”

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.

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