Skip to comments.‘Blind’ Man Caught in Disability Fraud After Seen Driving a Speed Boat
Posted on 01/25/2014 11:42:54 AM PST by Innovative
A blind Wisconsin mans $175,000 Social Security disability fraud scheme ended when federal agents caught him driving a speedboat, according to the inspector general.
Lawrence Popp, 58, was sentenced to one year in prison on Tuesday for defrauding the Social Security Administration...
Popp, a wealthy businessman, continued to work and go on lavish vacations in the Cayman Islands while collecting disability benefits for five years.
A record 10,988,269 people received federal disability benefits in December 2013, according to the SSA. A 2012 report from Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) found that more than 25 percent of benefits are awarded with insufficient, contradictory, and incomplete evidence.
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The guy in this story is public school teacher material!
I’m curious how much was plundered from him by the socialist government over his lifetime.
Well there's your problem right there. A "wealthy businessman" -- pure evil. Now I'm waiting for the story on the wealthy pop singers, wealthy movie actresses, and wealthy union bosses who get in trouble with the law.....
If the boat controls were marked in Braille, it would have been ok, right?
Start executing people convicted of fraud, that’ll stop it.
The next time the Republicans come to power (if they ever do) they will have to institute an anti fraud monitoring system with extreme penalties for fakers. Fakers are stealing $30,000 -80,000 yearly from taxpayers.
The problem wasn’t that he was wealthy — the problem is that someone who was wealthy sank so low as to defraud the government by claiming to be disabled.
“Ahhhh yes,” said the blind man peeing into the wind. “It all comes back to me now.”
“If the boat controls were marked in Braille, it would have been ok, right?”
Only if he had a water skiing eye dog.
And it took how long and how many full time government fraud investigators to realize that this guy was not blind.
And of course they blow their own horns as if they are all doing their jobs.
Let’s face it — it’s guys like this who keep their paychecks coming.
The guy had to bowl with bumpers? So do I if I want to get over 40.
There are hundreds of thousands of these frauds everywhere you look. All Democrats. One of them is a frequent letter writer to the local paper.
Cayman Island vacations.....speedboat.....snowmobiles.....a quarter of a million dollars worth of jewelry......What?.....no jet?.....must not be an EPA employee.
He replied: Hey I was using Sonar.
It would be chaos. There would be so few elected officials remaining.
You say that as if that were a bad thing.
I would not doubt that a judge will let him keep getting disability
My brother is a retired attorney. He says that years ago it was very difficult to get a disability designation. Now, however, the patients records are completely sealed and not available to be used in the claim. Claims are now easy to get through.
I heard the fedgov was giving out disabilities like candy but my brother with bipolar and other issues can’t get it for some reason... too white?
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Did I misread this or does it say $175,000 over five years? $35,000/yr on SSDI? Really?
He must have been caught voting Republican!
I am thinking of all the lost sheeples, unable to do anything with the direction of any ‘Dear Leaders’.
He’s far from being the only one scamming my tax dollars. I bet 98% of those under retirement age should be jailed for the same.
No, there are many ex-military Republicans doing the same.
Now if he’d crashed into a dock...
And yet, when I couldn’t talk and was throwing up constantly for a whole year, they told me I “wasn’t disabled enough.”
Hey look if the government can demand braille on drive up ATMs then a blind man can sure as hell drive a boat in the open ocean. ;)
I’ll bet he didn’t see that one coming
But was he driving it well?
“Blind” Wisconsin man caught in Disability fraud
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Lessee...maybe the guy will get out in a few hundred years.
He only got one year and will probably be out in a few months or maybe they’ll give him probation, you never know.
“Lawrence Popp sentenced to one year in prison for defrauding government
Popp collected $115,000 in unlawful Medicare benefits and evaded $178,000 in taxes between 2004 and 2009 in addition to disability payments.”
Boy what a piece of work.
Not only steal benefits, but not even having the courtesy of a reach-around (taxes).
Hope this guy is a registered democrat.
Otherwise he would have committed a crime.
He must be a Democrat, afterall he only got one year in jail and I bet he will get probation.
Here is another article on this:
Man who defrauded Social Security, feigned blindness sentenced to prison
“Popp was declared legally blind in 2004 after an illness, and he and his family began receiving government benefits. However, he continued working, running his companies, Refrigerated Equipment Distributors Co. and a “sister” business, Commercial Sales Agency.
Popp’s attorney, Raymond Dall’Osto, recommended probation, citing Popp’s continuing health problems. Dall’Osto said his client is guilty but noted the money he stole and the taxes he failed to pay would be repaid quickly.
Agents seized gold, silver and jewelry when they raided Popp’s house, and they will cover the roughly $225,000 in restitution.”
Yes I guess he IS a republican.
It was probably more than five years, but less than six.
$2,500/month is not out of the ball park for SSDI if one was a high earner and had contributed to Social Security for a long number of years.
I think after two years on SSDI, you become Medicare eligible. What is amazing is, Popp ran up $115,000 in medical bills over 3-4 years, and his doctors knew he was on Medicare but under 65, and therefore was classified as disabled by the SSA, but apparently they had no idea what he was supposedly disabled for.
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