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Roy woman charged with fraud

SALT LAKE CITY — A former U.S. Postal Service worker from Roy was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on fraud charges involving obtaining federal worker's compensation for more than $500,000.

Trudy Gillman, 58, had worked for the postal service from about January 1981 to November 1998, during which time she said she was harassed multiple times with disturbing notes and also was disabled by a work-related onset of extreme stress and fear of being near males or going anywhere alone, according to charges filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Gillman allegedly indicated to mental-health professionals that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, agoraphobia, anxiety, panic attacks and depression — making her unable to work and entitling her to disability benefits from the Office of Workers Compensation Programs, charges state. However, when Gillman applied for a renewed driver's license, she marked no psychiatric or psychological condition, and according to charges, she had gone driving and shopping, had taken vacations and went jogging alone, all activities that authorities say demonstrate she was capable of being employed.

From December 1999 until the charges were issued, Gillman received a total of about $468,838 in disability payments.

The first nine counts of the indictment — for false statements or fraud to obtain federal employee compensation — could land the defendant in prison for five years per count. Additional charges, including mail and wire fraud counts for the defendant's alleged scheme to apply for and receive benefits based on her post office employment, carry potential penalties of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine per count.

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