Lake Station woman convicted of 14 counts
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org December 14, 2012 4:28PM
Updated: December 15, 2012 8:44PM
A federal jury convicted a Lake Station woman on 14 of 15 counts connected to lying to get numerous federal and state benefits.
Chopper Loughran, who worked for the U.S. Postal Service, was first charged with making up doctor appointments she supposedly went to for an injury she sustained while at work. The government paid her for mileage and child care connected to the trips only to discover she never had any doctor appointments.
She was also accused of not reporting income she made when she was selling hundreds of adult toys online through an eBay store called Chopper’s Treasures.
She had agreed to plead guilty in the case but withdrew her plea earlier this year. That’s when the government came back with even more charges of wire fraud claiming she lied about her income to the Indiana Family and Social Service Administration to get more than $5,000 in food stamps.
Several FSSA employees testified during the trial about forms that Loughran filled out when applying for state benefits explaining what income she was required to report, such as her disability and workman’s compensation, and that she could be held for perjury if she lied.