Showcase Shakedown: The Price Is Right Appearance Exposes Postal Carrier’s Workers’ Comp Fraud
Here’s a tip: If you’re receiving workers’ compensation for an injury you made it, it’s probably best not show off your physical ability by spinning the big wheel one of America’s most popular game shows. But that’s just what North Carolina postal worker Cathy Wrench Cashwell did in 2009. And this week, she plead guilty to fraud in federal court.
Cashwell had claimed that a 2004 on-the-job injury had left her unable to lift mail into a truck and was still receiving workers’ comp when she appeared as a contestant on The Price Is Right five years later. The indictment against her noted that she “raised her left arm above her head and gripped the handle with her left hand.” On her second spin, she “raised both arms above her head and gripped the same handle with both hands.”
The indictment also alleges that in the ensuing years, she went ziplining on vacation with her husband and was seen lifting furniture and groceries on multiple occasions. According to Raleigh’s WRAL, Cashwell had indicated on 2011 paperwork that she “couldn’t stand, sit, kneel, squat, climb, bend, reach or grasp.” She will face sentencing in September.
While a private investigator who spoke to WRAL estimated that nearly 30 percent of all worker’s comp claims in North Carolina are fraudulent, we can only imagine that very few of those people end up standing next to Drew Carey and spinning The Price Is Right‘s big wheel.
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