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House panel to probe fraud in federal employee disability payments

The 'Free Ride'
Cindy Harrington was caught performing a flip on a trapeze after she began collecting federal disability because of a reported neck injury sustained while lifting a mail tray. Harrington collected more than $193,000 in disability payments, using some of the money to buy a boat called “Free Ride.” She eventually pleaded guilty to fraud charges. (Photos courtesy U.S. Postal Service Inspector General)

The House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday morning  ”Examining the Labor Department’s proposed reforms to FECA program.” The acronym stands for Federal Employee Compensation Act, a program that makes payments to injured workers.

A Washington Examiner series last month found that the program, which is administered by the Labor Department, is rife with fraud. The three part series can be read here, here and here.