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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

Monday, June 10, 2013

Caldwell County Man Charged With Defrauding Social Security Disability And Medicaid Programs

– Received benefits for 20 years by alleging he was disabled

PADUCAH, Ky. – A Caldwell County, Kentucky resident pleaded guilty in United States District Court today before Senior District Judge Thomas B. Russell to charges of failure to report to Social Security Administration his ability to work and fraudulently receiving disability and Medicaid benefits for 20 years announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Travis L. Vickery, age 44, pleaded guilty to a two count federal indictment that alleged between September 1991 and October 2011, Vickery, who was not disabled from working, knowingly and willfully concealed and failed to disclose to the Social Security Administration that he was able to work and not disabled. Further, Vickery admitted to knowingly and willfully executing a scheme and artifice to defraud the Medicaid Program, by falsely representing he was disabled from working, and thereby received health care benefits, items, and services to which he was not entitled.

At sentencing , Vickery faces no more than 15 years in prison, a fine of $500,000 plus restitution, and a period of no more than three years of supervised release. At sentencing, the United States will allege the combined total loss to the Social Security Administration and the Medicaid Program at $97,225.82.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James H. Barr and was investigated by the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General.

Updated December 15, 2014