A Highlands Ranch postal worker was sentenced Tuesday to five years' probation, 652 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine for forging a doctor’s note that falsely claimed she had cancer to work from home, giving her hundreds of hours of sick leave, the Department of Justice said.
She'll also have to pay $20,798.38 in restitution to the U.S. Postal Service.
Caroline Boyle, 60, decided to take time off work after she was not selected for a promotion she wanted, according to documents. To do so, she told her supervisors that she had been recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
She took large amounts of sick leave, emailing her supervisor notes that were supposedly from two different doctors, with at least four total notes. She did this for about 20 months and had planned to do so until her scheduled retirement in April 2017, whereupon she would take a post-retirement cruise in Hawaii.
She played sick until interviewed by an agent of the Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General. Boyle was first charged by criminal complaint March 3 and was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on March 16.