Metro-East News

South Roxana woman pleads guilty to worker’s comp fraud

A 29-year-old South Roxana woman on Wednesday pleaded guilty to one count of worker’s compensation fraud and five counts of making false statements, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Ashton Luck, a former East Alton Post Office mail carrier, faces up to 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to to three years of supervision after her release. She also could be ordered to pay restitution.

As part of the plea, Luck admitted that while she worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier, she submitted a fraudulent worker’s compensation claim for a supposed on-the-job injury, prosecutors said.

Luck also admitted that she submitted a number of false leave slips, fabricated a doctor’s note and falsified hospital records to support her leave claims, the district attorney said.

Luck is scheduled to be sentenced on March 10.