Glenwood Woman Enters Plea in Theft of Government Funds Case

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A Pope County woman has entered a plea, accused of stealing thousands of dollars in government benefits.

According to United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald, Lisa Ann Schafer, 57, of Glenwood, entered a plea of guilty to a single count of Theft of Government Funds before Judge Eric C. Tostrud in U.S. District Court in Saint Paul.

According to court documents, Schafer claimed Federal Employees’ Compensation Act benefits by falsely asserting that a work-related injury prevented her from working in a full-time capacity. A physician had limited her to no more than two hours of office work per day, enabling Schafer to collect the benefits, however she was also observed participating in between 30 and 40 dog-agility competitions where she is seen running.

Schafer has admitted to stealing more than $100,000 in benefits that she knew she was not entitled to receive, over a three-and-a-half year span that ended in May 2019.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says it will ask the court at sentencing for probation, community service, and full restitution as part of the plea agreement.

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