A South Roxana woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a six-count indictment charging her with one count of workers’ compensation fraud and five counts of making false statements.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Ashton Luck, 29, faces up to 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years supervision upon her release, plus mandatory restitution. Sentencing is scheduled for March 10.
As part of the plea, Luck admitted that while she worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier for the East Alton Post Office, she submitted a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim for a purported on-the-job injury. She also admitted she submitted a number of false leave slips, fabricated a doctor’s note and falsified hospital records in support of claimed emergency and sick leave.
The indictment is the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Office of Inspector General. The prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman R. Smith.