East St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of Funds From Railroad Retirement Board
An East St. Louis man, Carlos L. Fisher, 63, pled guilty in federal court on May 21, 2012,
to an Indictment charging him with Theft of Government Funds, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. The charge carries a
maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 31, 2012.
Through the United States Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), an agency and department of
the United States, occupational disabilities are awarded to railroad employees who are injured and
prevented from performing their regular railroad occupation. As an occupational disability annuitant,
Fisher would be allowed to work under three conditions. First, if he informs the RRB of his
employment in a timely manner. Second, if the current employment reconciles with his particular
disability. Third and finally, if he earned less than a certain amount of money which varies every
year. Fisher was working during this time and also made well in excess of his RRB-imposed work
restrictions. Fisher worked at First Illinois Bank from September 2007 through May 2010. Through
many RRB mailings, the application process and his own statement, Fisher was aware of his earnings
restrictions. Fisher, however, applied for and received these RRB benefits in 2008 and 2009 and
failed to properly report his employment while receiving RRB benefits. From the period of January
2008 through December 2009, Fisher fraudulently received $47,730.16 in RRB disability insurance
The case was investigated by agents of the Railroad Retirement Board, Office of
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Liam Coonan.