The Price is Wrong

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We’ve all seen or heard of the popular game show ”The Price is Right.’? This daytime show, famous for the big spinning wheel and the phrase ”come on down,” is now a large reason why one fraudster in North Carolina may face prison time. You might be thinking to yourself, can you go to jail for overbidding on the game? To answer the question, no, you cannot. However, according to an article in AOL Jobs, you can go to jail for lying about an injury to receive workers’ compensation benefits. But how do the two tango?

Faking sick is one thing – we’ve all made the infamous call at least once for a day off. However, faking an injury to receive disability is a whole different ball game. A North Carolina postal worker learned this the hard way, when her appearance on ”The Price is Right” resulted in a Department of Labor investigation of the woman’s previous injury claims.Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Postal Carrier Caught In Workers’ Comp Fraud on ‘Price is Right’,” written by Dan Fastenburg and published by AOL Jobs on June 5, 2013.

Many people have called in sick to work when they were perfectly fine and just wanted the day off. Some might even be so calculating as to fake an injury and claim workers’ compensation benefits for months, or years. But how many would be so brazen as to show — on national television — how fit they actually are?

That’s exactly what former North Carolina postal worker Cathy Wrench Cashwell has admitted to doing. On Monday, Cashwell pled guilty to fraud in connection with a workers’ compensation claim that she filed in 2004. Cashwell had claimed that a shoulder injury prevented her from lifting mail trays into trucks for the United States Postal Service and, as a result, was collecting benefits since 2005. Then in 2009 she appeared on the game show “The Price is Right,” where she used her whole upper body — shoulders included — to spin the show’s famous “big wheel,” twice. In what seems to be another brilliant move, she also posted a photo on her Facebook page that showed her riding a zipline, according to theindictment filed against her.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.