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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Man Receiving Disability Benefit while Regularly Skiing Indicted

A former postal service employee who receives disability benefit recipient was recently indicted following an investigation headed by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General and the Department of Labor.

According to reports, the 58-year-old, Mark Leung is charged with wire fraud, mail fraud and making false statement to obtain workers compensation and disability benefits.

Leung’s records revealed that he had been employed at the Postal Service until he allegedly became ineligible to work due to a work-related injury in 1987. Since then, he started receiving social security disability benefit payment. Between 2007 until November, 2012, the amount of payment that Leung collected from the federal fund had reached nearly $160,000.00.

Based on the initial investigation, Leung submitted an annual certification form and had his physician attest he could not work due to pain and limited movement to continue digging on the federal fund.

However, Leung indictment alleges that he maintained an annual ski pass for a ski resort where he regularly skied for about 40 days per season. Also, he was caught performing hard labor on numerous occasions during the investigation.

Supposedly, the federal government’s disability benefits program is designed to help the disabled and other qualified individuals. However, in Leung’s case, obviously, in his ability to ski and perform arduous labor, he is definitely not entitled to receive certain benefits. There are a lot more eligible people out there who should be receiving the same, noted by several Los Angeles social security claim lawyers.