Lake Station woman ran online adult toy store, lied about it to government
BY Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org June 17, 2011 2:00PM
Updated: October 26, 2011 12:29AM
A Lake Station woman is accused of wrongly taking compensation for the federal government after lying on several forms, including not reporting income she makes from selling adult toys online.
Chopper Loughran, 29, is charged with two counts of lying on a federal compensation form, according to an indictment filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Hammond.
According to the indictment, Loughran started working for the U.S. Postal Service at its Glen Park branch in Gary. A few months later, she claimed an on-the-job injury and started submitting compensation forms for medical trips she said she had to make for her injured foot. She continued to submit the reimbursement requests for mileage until February 2010.
However, according to the indictment, Loughran never actually made these trips, meaning she never had a right to compensation for her supposed gas mileage.
The indictment claims she also lied on two other forms after her case was put under review in 2009. When asked if she had been self-employed during the past 15 months, Loughran answered no.
The federal government claims in the indictment that she actually ran her own eBay store, called Chopper’s Playhouse, which sold adult toys, and made more than $1,000.
According to court records, Loughran had not been arrested as of Friday afternoon.
Contact Teresa Auch Schultz at 648-3120.