The Price was Wrong: an appearance on televised game show defeats federal workers’ compensation claims.

Posted on Jan 04, 2014

A spin of the wheel on the game show “The Price is Right” led to federal investigation of an OWCP claim.    Cathy Cashwell had worked in a Greenville, NC postal facility until her claim of a severely limiting injury while loading trays of mail onto trucks.    Previously, she had filled out paperwork stating that she was either incapable of or severely limited in her ability to stand, sit, kneel, squat, climb, reach, bend, or grasp.

According to an indictment filed in September 2012, while appearing on the nationally televised game show, Cashwell "raised her left arm above her head and gripped the handle with her left hand." On a second spin,  she "raised both arms above her head and gripped the same handle with both hands."   Other information that investigators uncovered included evidence that Cashwell and her husband went on a Carnival Cruise lines vacation and participated in a physically demanding zip-line attraction.   Cashwell eventually pled guilty to the charges. 

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