Criminal Justice

Big Wheel spin leads to fraud charge against postal worker who claimed disabling shoulder injury


Appearing on The Price Is Right was the wrong move for a former North Carolina postal worker who was receiving workers compensation for a claimed disability.

Cathy Wrench Cashwell of Fayetteville was able to spin the Big Wheel on the game show, despite a claimed shoulder injury, federal prosecutors say. She pleaded guilty on Monday to workers compensation fraud, report the Fayetteville Observer, WRAL.com and the New York Daily News.

Cashwell had claimed she injured herself on the job in 2004, making it impossible reach, climb and grasp—and to deliver mail. Yet she was able to lift her arm and grip the wheel on the game show in September 2009, according to a federal indictment. She also managed to go ziplining on a Carnival cruise in August 2010, prosecutors alleged.

Sentencing is set for September.

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