Double Dipping


Double dipping is usually frowned upon. (And I’m not talking about dragging your potato chip through the French onion dip a second time after taking a bite out of it.) An article published by The Inquisitr News tells the story of a former postal worker who double dipped from two government programs and received more than $365,000 for his illegal efforts.

The story states that the former postman lied about a lower back injury to the Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits program and also to the Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation Program. (He even went as far as to walk with a cane to prove that he was injured.) As a result, the man received $365,831.50 in benefits that he did not deserve.

Not only was he double dipping from two government programs, but he also was earning an income by preparing immigration paperwork and tax returns for hundreds of customers from a backyard office. (Apparently, he used his extra income to go fishing, dancing and sledding. He also took a few vacations to Hawaii, Canada and the Philippines.)

After a multi-year investigation into payments received over five years, the former postman was arrested for bilking the government programs by collecting benefits at the maximum value allowed. As a result, he pleaded guilty to Federal Employee’s Compensation Act fraud, theft of government funds, social security fraud and wire fraud.

The 57-year-old was sentenced to 30 months in jail to be followed by three years of supervised probation. (The judge wanted to make sure this fraudster would serve as an example to others thinking about doing the same thing.) According to the court report, the criminal also was ordered to pay full restitution and forfeit more than $14,000 found in his bank account when arrested.

Social Security Disability Insurance payments and workers’ compensation benefits are intended to help deserving disabled and unemployed people, not serve as supplemental income for able-bodied workers. There will be no more extracurricular activities or vacations on the government’s dime. The only respite he’ll be getting is a five-year stay complements of the penal system.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Social Security Disability Fraud: Postal Worker Who Faked Disabilities Sentenced to 30 Months,” published by the Inquisitr News on May 14, 2015.

U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason sentenced Amancio Zamora Agcaoili, a U.S. Postal Services employee, to 30 months in jail and three years of supervised probation after he pled guilty to Social Security Disability fraud and other crimes to the tune of $365,831.50, according to the United States Department of Justice.

Agcaoili, a 57-year-old Alaskan native, faked his injuries, received payments from two different programs, lied to each of the programs about the payments and lack of injuries, and double dipped, among other crimes to which he pled guilty.

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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.