The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 12, 2012

Ex-postal worker gets probation in fake mugging

JEANETTE — The former supervisor at a western Pennsylvania post office will spend five years on probation and pay a $5,000 fine for faking his own mugging.

Prosecutors say 51-year-old Jeffrey A. Gogets, of Greensburg, collected over $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 cell phones he uses.


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