A 60-year-old Highlands Ranch woman was sentenced last week to five years of probation, including six months in home confinement, as well as cancer-related community service after faking the disease to take sick leave. Caroline Zarate Boyle was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $20,000 in restitution to her employer, the U.S. Postal Service.
Boyle’s more than 650 hours of community service are to be served at a cancer-treatment center, a cancer-research center or a hospice.
She was indicted by a federal grand jury in March and pleaded guilty without a plea agreement.
“The American public trusts that U.S. Postal Service employees will obey the law,” Scott Pierce, executive special agent, said in a statement. “… This type of behavior within the Postal Service is not tolerated and the overwhelming majority of Postal Service employees, which serve the public, are honest, hardworking and trustworthy individuals who would never consider engaging in any type of criminal behavior.”
According to court documents, in the summer of 2015 after being denied a promotion, Boyle took a substantial amount of paid sick-leave hours by pretending to have non-Hodgkins lymphoma and sending fabricated doctors’ notes to her supervisor.
Boyle continued the ruse until she was caught following an interview with an agent of the Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General.
Court records say she had planned to continue the fraud until her scheduled retirement in April, when she would take a post-retirement cruise to Hawaii
Additional evidence at sentencing showed that prior to faking her cancer diagnosis, Boyle had falsely accused one of her subordinates of doing the same thing.
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