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Former Boone USPS Supervisor Sentenced PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 12:09

A former Boone US Postal Service employee has been sentenced to 16 months in Federal prison for fraud in seeking and receiving workman’s compensation for an alleged on the job injury. Tuesday,  September  3rd,   U.S.  District  Judge  Richard Voorhees  sentenced Joseph Catone, Jr., a  former  supervisor  with  the  U.S.  Postal  Service in Boone to the16  month term  for submitting  false  information  on a 2008 workman’s compensation benefits  application. Joseph Catone, Jr., 58, of Boone, was convicted in March 2012 by a federal jury for lying on  an  application  in  order to  receive  workman’s compensation benefits claiming a stress-related condition as a result of excessive driving in the performance  of  his  duties.   But in evidence  presented  at  trial  and  yesterday’s  sentencing  hearing,  the government submitted evidence showing that  in 2008 Catone had worked for and received a salary as a custodian for Angelo Nigro,  doing  business  as  Angelo’s  Maintenance,  from around  August  2006  to August  2008.   Witnesses  testified  that  they  regularly  saw  Catone  vacuum,  pick  up  trash,  and perform other cleaning services at the Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock. The government’s evidence also showed that the defendant received $132,214.31 (gross amount) in worker’s compensation from April 2007 to September 2009. In  handing  down  Catone’s  sentence,  Judge  Voorhees  stated  that  the  defendant  had “reaped  financial  benefits”  from  his  dishonesty  and  that  he  imposed  16  months  imprisonment because of “the need to deter others from similar conduct.”  In addition to the prison term, Judge Voorhees also ordered Catone to serve three  years under court supervision  after he is released from prison, and to pay $106,411.83 as restitution. Cantone is to turn himself in to begin his sentence.

  
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