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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 19, 2014

New Jersey Man Charged With Defrauding Workman's Compensation

Herman Mokuau, 68, of Bridgeton, New Jersey was charged today by Information with one count of theft of Government funds, and one count of false statement or fraud to obtain federal employees’ compensation, announced United States Attorney Zane D. Memeger.  The information alleges that between 2004 and June 2012, Herman Mokuau implemented a scheme to receive and convert to his own use federal workers’ compensation benefits while concealing that he was working as a farrier (horseshoer) and earning income, resulting in total losses to the government of approximately $62,615.39.

If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of fifteen years incarceration, a $500,000.00 fine, three years supervised release, and restitution of $62,615.39.  

The case was investigated by the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Moshang III.

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An Information is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated December 15, 2014