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Sparta Man Sentenced For Theft Of Federal Funds

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

Timothy A. Restoff, 35, of Sparta, Illinois, was sentenced on April 25, 2013, in federal court in Benton on a charge of Theft of Government Funds, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Restoff received a sentence of five years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution of $12,802.28.

Through the United States Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), an agency and department of the United States, unemployment benefits are awarded to railroad employees who are unemployed. Evidence showed that Restoff concealed his employment status and was working during the time he was being paid RRB unemployment benefits. This time period spanned May 13, 2009, until March 3, 2010, during which Restoff fraudulently received $12,802.28 in undeserved 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 800.772.4258 or by e-mailing a complaint or information to:

Updated February 19, 2015