I have been on short-term medical leave (full-pay STML from my employer) for about 2 months, and already approved for the 3rd month. My health condition is better now (spine fracture after a car accident)l however, I'm already told by my coworkers that my supervisor plans to get rid of me following my 3 months disability leave. In the mean time, i'm offered another similar position from a different company - so the timing is perfect.
So my question is, do I need to cancel my short term medical leave when I start my new job next week? Or can I let it ride till the end of month to collect 2 more weeks of paychecks while starting another job? What would be the consequence if I get caught doing this? Would this be a felony? I do not care about being fired by my current company because HR won't reveal that I'm fired if anyone asks).
Please refrain from replying with "Liar", "you're wasting taxpayers money"... I know this is unethical and I shouldn't do this. I'm just wondering what the consequence is if I get caught since I'm very low on cash because of the car accident (my car insurance let me down). Please, useful answers or just ignore this message, thank you.
You can factor in the possibility that your new job will have a two-week waiting period before you get your first check, so what's you're doing may not be fraudulent at all (in the government's eyes, at least).
However, if this does come down to fraud, it is very unlikely that you will encounter anything other than the order to pay back what you've received from your medical leave.
Thank you for your feedback, it is very much appreciated!
I decided to play it safe and do the ethical thing - $$$ can be earned again, my reputation cannot.