United States Attorney, Richard W. Moore, announces that Jesse Redmon, a 65-year-old resident of Brewton, Alabama, was sentenced today to a probationary term of one year and received a $500.00 fine for failing to report income after claiming disability retirement from the railroad.
Mr. Redmon began receiving disability benefits from the Railroad Retirement Board in November 2003 and continued receiving benefits until sometime in 2017. Prior to receiving benefits, Redmon agreed to and understood that he was required to report any work related activity. However, the defendant obtained an electrician’s license, started a business called Redmon Enterprises Inc. and began working as an electrician while receiving disability benefits. During the recertification process, Redmon stated that he had not returned to the work force during the time he received disability benefits. The defendant provided the following signed statement:
“I learned that the moneys that I made on a sideline business should have been reported to the RR Board. I didn’t work a regular job a forty hour week. This was part-time work here and there. I am not sure how much money was made at the time. The work was here and there. .This is my fault for not reading my paperwork in detail. I take full responsibility for my short sight. I will do my best to try and figure out how much money was made during the time and if I have to pay back to the RR Board, I am willing to pay back as I can. I apologize to the board for my oversight. I didn’t think those small amount[s] made a difference. Now I know . . . I realize that I started a business and didn’t notify the RR board.”
This case was the result of investigation conducted by the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board/Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney, Gina S. Vann, from the United States Attorney’s Office – Southern District of Alabama led the prosecution.