East St. Louis Man Sentenced on Theft of Funds
Carlos L. Fisher, 63, of East St. Louis, was sentenced in federal court last Friday, August 31, 2012, on a charge of Theft of Government Funds, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Fisher received a sentence of five years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution of $47,730.16.
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. Evidence showed that Fisher was working during the time he was being paid disability, making well in excess of his RRB-imposed work restrictions, despite the facts that through many RRB mailings, the application process, and his own statement, Fisher was aware of his earnings restrictions. Fisher fraudulently received $47,730.16 in RRB disability insurance benefits.
The case was investigated by agents of the Railroad Retirement Board, Office of Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Liam Coonan.
If you suspect or know of an individual or company that is committing fraud against any U.S. Railroad Retirement Board program, you may report this to the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board’s Office of Inspector General by calling 1.800.772.4258 or by e-mailing a complaint or information to: firstname.lastname@example.org.