- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A former U.S. Postal Service employee who claimed she spent 15 hours a day in a hot tub to relieve a work-related injury has been convicted of bilking the federal government out of nearly $430,000 in disability benefits.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 62-year-old Carol-Lisa Gutman of the Albany suburb of Delmar was found guilty Tuesday of wire fraud, federal employees’ compensation fraud and theft of government money.

Prosecutors say Gutman began receiving workers’ compensation benefits in 1987 after she claimed to have injured her back while working for the post office. Officials say she told her doctors she was essentially housebound and couldn’t do any bending, lifting or carrying.

Prosecutors say hours of video recordings showed her working in her yard, including raking leaves, mowing the lawn and bending over repeatedly.

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