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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ex-Postal Employee Pleads Guilty To Worker’s Compensation Fraud

COEUR D’ALENE — Pamela J. Unruh, 58, of Rainer, Washington, pleaded guilty today in federal court to an information charging her with one count of false statement or fraud to obtain Federal Employee’s Compensation, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

According to the court proceeding, Unruh admitted that from at least as early as August 2006 to 2011, she failed to report her self-employment income to the Office of Worker's Compensation (OWCP) on the annual form she was required to complete and return to OWCP.

The charge is punishable by up to five years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.

Unruh is scheduled to be sentenced on April 28, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene.

The case was investigated by United States Postal Service-Office of Inspector General.

Updated December 15, 2014