Filing for any type of government benefits can involve detailed instructions and hard-to-understand guidelines. A mistake made filing a claim could be interpreted as an attempt to deceive the government for personal gain. Allegations of fraud are proven when prosecutors show a defendant intentionally acted to commit a crime.
A 54-year-old Maryland man was indicted recently for falsifying disability benefits claims.The Bryans Road man suffered an injury in 2004 that kept him off the job as a Capitol Heights postal carrier for four years. Federal prosecutors apparently had no problem with the man collecting benefits during that time, but claimed the defendant faked claims after returning to work in 2008.
The postal carrier was eligible for partial disability benefits once he got back on the job. Workers' compensation continued to pay for medical costs and travel expenses related to treatment. According to the eight-count indictment, the defendant was reimbursed for a minimum of $60,000 in fraudulent claims between 2009 and 2015 for travel expenses he never incurred.
Investigators alleged that the man never traveled to the Southern Maryland Processing and Distribution Center for medical treatment, as stated on the claims' forms. Reports were not clear about whether filed claims extended to undelivered medical treatments.
The ex-postal carrier was charged with making false statements and mail fraud. He faces the possibility of a 20-year prison term if convicted of the fraud charge and another five-year term for the other charge. No court date has been set.
Maryland defendants may be prosecuted in federal courts for any number of crimes, including financial crimes involving government agencies. Defendants, often intimidated by the legal process, may feel helpless when a case is bound for federal court. A criminal defense attorney can explain your legal options.
Source: Southern Maryland News Net, "Bryans Road Postal Worker Indicted in Disability Fraud Scheme," Sep. 10, 2015