Ex-Jeannette postal worker gets probation for fake mugging
JEANNETTE, Pa. —
The former supervisor at a Jeannette post office will spend five years on probation and pay a $5,000 fine for faking his own mugging.
Prosecutors said Jeffrey Gogets, 51, of Greensburg, collected more than $9,000 in medical and employment benefits after he claimed he was robbed of $150 on his way to work at the Jeannette post office in April, 2011.
Investigators determined Gogets threw away his wallet and car keys, broke a glass bottle and inflicted some minor injuries before claiming he was mugged.
U.S. Postal Inspectors took over the investigation after Jeannette police determined Gogets faked the mugging because he needed "a break from life."
His attorney objected to the fine, but a federal judge ruled Gogets could easily pay it in $100 monthly installments if he gave up the five cellphones he uses.