KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Federal officials say two former U.S. Postal workers from Maryville have admitted to lying to collect government benefits by falsely claiming that one of the pair was so injured she couldn't work.
Federal Prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney's office in Knoxville say the couple was caught after video captured the two taking a cruise, waking for hours at a time at different ports, followed by a trip to Disneyland.
Officials say that on Friday 61-year-old Carol J. Pazder pleaded guilty to making false statements to obtain federal employee benefits. Her husband, 67-year Richard Pazder, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting in the false statements.
Prosecutors say both claimed that Carol Pazder was so injured she could only walk, stand or sit for a few minutes.