Minnesota woman illegally claimed her disability benefits

Published 9:17 pm Monday, October 14, 2019

ST. PAUL — Authorities said a onetime U.S. Postal Service employee in western Minnesota cheated the government out of more than $100,000 in federal disability benefits by claiming she had a workforce injury while at the same time competing in dog agility events.

Lisa Schafer, 57, of Glenwood pleaded guilty to theft of government funds. In exchange for her plea, prosecutors will recommend probation, community service and restitution, instead of a prison sentence.

Investigators said Schafer told her doctor that her medical condition required her to rest most of the day.

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Her doctor limited her to two hours of office work a day, a restriction that kicked in her disability benefits. During this time, Schafer allegedly participated in 30 to 40 dog-agility competitions.

Schafer’s attorney, Patrick Cotter aid his client “is a very good person who made a mistake that she is correcting.”