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Letter carrier accused in disability scam

NEW YORK – A United States Postal Service employee is charged with stealing more than $150,000 In Workers Compensation Benefits, collecting 75% of her salary tax free.

Maria Chmielewski, 38, of 2990 Zulette Ave. in the Throgs Neck Section of the Bronx, is charged with one count each of grand larceny in the 2nd degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the 2nd degree, insurance fraud in the 2nd degree and offering a false instrument for filing in the 2nd degree.  

Despite Chmielewski’s claims that she was suffering from post-traumatic stress, panic disorder, and agoraphobia following a 2008 incident that rendered her “a prisoner in her own home,” she was caught taking two separate holiday cruises, one to Alaska, and another to Canada, on which she was seen on video.  Although she claimed she was unable to leave her home or even drive, investigators spotted her behind the wheel on numerous occasions.

Chmielewski has been with USPS since 2004, assigned to the Woodlawn Station.