D Bag of the Day: Postal worker fakes cancer to avoid work
A Colorado postal worker who faked cancer to skip work has been convicted of fraud. Caroline Boyle, 60, was slammed with a $10,000 fine and ordered to pay $20,798.38 in restitution to the US Postal Service. Starting in 2015, Boyle told colleagues that cancer was attacking her white blood cells and that she was too weak to come to work. She faked doctor’s notes saying she had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and used them to justify taking large amounts of sick leave for about 20 months. Boyle planned to keep the ruse going until her retirement in April 2017, then celebrate with a cruise to Hawaii. She confessed after being confronted with proof that she was not sick. A judge ordered her to serve 652 hours of community service at a cancer treatment center— exactly the amount of fake leave she took.