FORMER BOSTON POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED IN INJURY SCAM
BOSTON, Mass. - A Boston man was sentenced today in federal court of a fraud scheme involving his work-related disability claim.
ELIEZER GONZALEZ, 50, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns to 15 months in prison to be followed by two years of supervised release and ordered to pay $167,393 in restitution and forfeiture, as well as a mandatory special assessment of $3,400. Restitution will be paid to the City of Boston and Colonial Life Insurance. On Feb. 28, 2011, GONZALEZ pleaded guilty to 34 counts of mail fraud.
Had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that the City of Boston and a private supplemental insurer were defrauded by GONZALEZ who went out on injured leave after allegedly suffering on-the job injuries in 2007.
GONZALEZ immediately began receiving tax-free injured pay and also filed for accidental disability retirement. GONZALEZ greatly exaggerated and falsified both his injuries and ongoing physical issues and fraudulently collected both injured leave pay from the City of Boston totaling approximately $173,000 as well as supplemental insurance benefits totaling $3,600. GONZALEZ was surveilled and videotaped feigning injuries on or near the same days that he was recorded acting injury-free, including walking with a cane to his doctor’s appointments and then walking unassisted while running errands. During the time that GONZALEZ was collecting injured pay, he frequented the L Street Bath House, went out salsa dancing and even traveled abroad without difficulty.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia M. Carris of Ortiz’s Public Corruption Unit.