11 Jul Government employees exemplified
We are all aware of the mindset of our average government employee. Whether it’s a postal clerk, a DMV counterman, or a social evaluator, we have yet to meet a government worker who cares about his job to the point where he can actually do it.
So, with this understanding of the level of entitlement held by the average government employee, the following story is perfectly understandable.
In 2010, Lisa Roberts came down with a case of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She brought in the documentation to prove her case, but her supervisor still gave her a hard time about it, demanding her confidential records and harassing her as to why she didn’t shave her hair. In 2012, Roberts left the job and moved to Texas.
Fast forward to twenty fifteen.
Our wonderful supervisor, a certain Caroline Boyle, comes down with a case of non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She provides all of the necessary documentation, doctors notes etc., and takes an enormous amount of time off for treatment. Her boss also went to great lengths to accommodate the sick woman, letting her work from home and granting her paid administrative leave that did not count against sick leave.
Over a period of twenty months, Mrs. Boyle went through a number of doctors and centers, including Anova Cancer Care in Lone Tree and Dr. GreggDickerson, who worked there.
Then, in late 2016, a supervisor got suspicious. He prompted a USPS investigator to begin reviewing the doctors’ notes she had provided. The investigator found that Dickerson’s name was spelled incorrectly on the note.
The possible forgery caused the inspector to show the note to two Anova administrators, who stated that Boyle wasn’t a patient of the clinic or of Dickerson. They also said that the template of the note was wrong and didn’t include the doctor’s U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and medical license numbers. The inspector then checked with Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers and learned that Boyle wasn’t a patient of Hinshaw, either.
In March 2017, a federal grand jury indicted Boyle on felony counts of forged writings, wire fraud, and possession of false papers to defraud the United States.
She pled guilty.
However, that isn’t the best part. That part would be as follows.
After not being selected for a promotion, she decided to take some time off work by pretending to have cancer. She admitted she took substantial amounts of sick leave and received numerous other workplace accommodations despite not having non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or any other type of cancer or serious illness. She also created the alleged doctors’ notes despite not being a patient of either doctor. She intended to keep up the cancer ruse until her scheduled retirement in April 2017, after which she planned to take a vacation to Hawaii.
Of course, she used the documents she had improperly taken from Roberts to fake her case.
So, she improperly acquired medical documents, and put them into safekeeping. Then she applied for a promotion, and, when she was passed over, she went to her fallback plan of faking cancer to get what she wanted. She probably thought she was living in a movie.
In conclusion, someone that works for the government is probably not a good fit for a job in the real world. Use background checks to weed those fakers out.