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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Caldwell County Man Charged With Defrauding Social Security Disability And Medicaid Programs

– Received benefits for 20 years by alleging he was disabled

PADUCAH, Ky. – A federal grand jury meeting in Paducah, Kentucky today charged a Caldwell County, Kentucky resident with failure to report to Social Security Administration his ability to work and fraudulently received disability and Medicaid benefits for 20 years announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Travis L. Vickery, age 47, was charged in a two count federal indictment that alleges between September 1991 and October 2011, Vickery, who was not disabled from working, knowingly and willfully concealed and failed to disclose to the Social Security Administration that he was able to work and not disabled. The indictment further alleges that Vickery knowingly and willfully executed a scheme and artifice to defraud the Medicaid Program, by falsely representing he was disabled from working, and thereby received health care benefits, items, and services to which he was not entitled.

If convicted at trial, Vickery faces no more than 15 years in prison, a fine of $500,000 plus restitution, and a period of no more than three years of supervised release.

Vickery is scheduled for arraignment on the charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lanny King on January 17, 2013, in United States District Court located in Paducah, Kentucky.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James H. Barr and was investigated by the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General.