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‘Blind’ Man Caught in Disability Fraud After Seen Driving a Speed Boat
Free Beacon ^ | Jan 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington

Posted on 01/25/2014 11:42:54 AM PST by Innovative

A “blind” Wisconsin man’s $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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: disability; fraud; freechit; lawrencepopp; socialsecurity; socialsecurityfraud; ssi; welfare; wisconsin
Your government at work, they are too busy with political vendetta against tea-party members and those who don't agree with Obama (e.g. Dinesh D'Souza) to prevent and investigate fraud. Occasionally they catch one, but how many are there they don't catch -- when fraud is so blatant, one really wonders.
1 posted on 01/25/2014 11:42:55 AM PST by Innovative
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To: afraidfortherepublic

WI Ping.

The guy in this story is public school teacher material!


2 posted on 01/25/2014 11:49:43 AM PST by TheConservativeParty
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To: Innovative

I’m curious how much was plundered from him by the socialist government over his lifetime.


3 posted on 01/25/2014 11:51:34 AM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: Innovative
Popp, a wealthy businessman, continued to work and go on lavish vacations

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.....

4 posted on 01/25/2014 11:52:06 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Innovative

If the boat controls were marked in Braille, it would have been ok, right?


5 posted on 01/25/2014 11:54:09 AM PST by kaehurowing
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To: Innovative

Start executing people convicted of fraud, that’ll stop it.


6 posted on 01/25/2014 11:56:11 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Innovative

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.


7 posted on 01/25/2014 11:59:06 AM PST by allendale
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To: ElkGroveDan

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.


8 posted on 01/25/2014 12:02:00 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

“Ahhhh yes,” said the blind man peeing into the wind. “It all comes back to me now.”


9 posted on 01/25/2014 12:03:41 PM PST by Wyrd bið ful aræd (Also the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades)
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To: kaehurowing

“If the boat controls were marked in Braille, it would have been ok, right?”

Only if he had a water skiing eye dog.


10 posted on 01/25/2014 12:04:03 PM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Innovative

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.


11 posted on 01/25/2014 12:04:05 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Innovative

The guy had to bowl with bumpers? So do I if I want to get over 40.


12 posted on 01/25/2014 12:04:18 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Innovative

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.


13 posted on 01/25/2014 12:08:31 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Innovative

Cayman Island vacations.....speedboat.....snowmobiles.....a quarter of a million dollars worth of jewelry......What?.....no jet?.....must not be an EPA employee.


14 posted on 01/25/2014 12:10:16 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Innovative

He replied: Hey I was using Sonar.


15 posted on 01/25/2014 12:13:56 PM PST by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: dfwgator

It would be chaos. There would be so few elected officials remaining.


16 posted on 01/25/2014 12:22:24 PM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind, but now I see...)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian
There would be so few elected officials remaining.

You say that as if that were a bad thing.

17 posted on 01/25/2014 12:23:16 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Innovative
I once knew a blind man who drove all over the neighborhood.


18 posted on 01/25/2014 12:27:10 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Innovative

I would not doubt that a judge will let him keep getting disability


19 posted on 01/25/2014 12:27:33 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

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.


20 posted on 01/25/2014 12:34:10 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

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?


21 posted on 01/25/2014 12:43:35 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: kaehurowing

22 posted on 01/25/2014 12:48:37 PM PST by Delta 21 (If you like your freedom, you can keep your freedom. Period.)
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23 posted on 01/25/2014 12:55:11 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: Innovative

Did I misread this or does it say $175,000 over five years? $35,000/yr on SSDI? Really?


24 posted on 01/25/2014 1:04:38 PM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Innovative

He must have been caught voting Republican!


25 posted on 01/25/2014 1:08:18 PM PST by Dr. Ursus
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It is discrimination to believe that just because somebody is blind, that they cannot drive a speed boat. This guy can't see, but he could kick young grasshoppers ass...


26 posted on 01/25/2014 1:31:27 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: dfwgator

I am thinking of all the lost sheeples, unable to do anything with the direction of any ‘Dear Leaders’.


27 posted on 01/25/2014 1:36:34 PM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind, but now I see...)
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To: Innovative

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.


28 posted on 01/25/2014 2:00:49 PM PST by bgill
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To: ozzymandus

No, there are many ex-military Republicans doing the same.


29 posted on 01/25/2014 2:03:43 PM PST by bgill
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To: Innovative
It's a miracle!


30 posted on 01/25/2014 2:14:29 PM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Innovative

Now if he’d crashed into a dock...


31 posted on 01/25/2014 2:22:22 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: Innovative

And yet, when I couldn’t talk and was throwing up constantly for a whole year, they told me I “wasn’t disabled enough.”


32 posted on 01/25/2014 3:05:16 PM PST by Ellendra ("Laws were most numerous when the Commonwealth was most corrupt." -Tacitus)
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To: Innovative

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. ;)


33 posted on 01/25/2014 3:12:48 PM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: Innovative

I’ll bet he didn’t see that one coming


34 posted on 01/25/2014 3:32:05 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: Innovative
" ‘Blind’ Man Caught in Disability Fraud After Seen Driving a Speed Boat"

But was he driving it well?


35 posted on 01/25/2014 3:38:58 PM PST by PLMerite
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To: Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; bushwon; ...

“Blind” Wisconsin man caught in Disability fraud

FReep mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


36 posted on 01/25/2014 6:03:33 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: allendale
This guy not only needs jail time, but should press license plates for $1 per hour until every penny he stole is paid back.

Lessee...maybe the guy will get out in a few hundred years.

37 posted on 01/25/2014 6:31:30 PM PST by boop (Liberal religion. No rules, just right!)
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To: boop

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.”


38 posted on 01/25/2014 7:44:30 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative
"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.

39 posted on 01/25/2014 7:47:41 PM PST by boop (Liberal religion. No rules, just right!)
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To: boop

He must be a Democrat, afterall he only got one year in jail and I bet he will get probation.


40 posted on 01/25/2014 8:37:36 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: boop; All

Here is another article on this:

Man who defrauded Social Security, feigned blindness sentenced to prison

http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/man-who-defrauded-social-security-feigned-blindness-sentenced-to-prison-b99189050z1-241387971.html

“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.”


41 posted on 01/25/2014 8:41:24 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative
Paying back what he stole AND prison time?

Yes I guess he IS a republican.

42 posted on 01/25/2014 10:56:36 PM PST by boop (Liberal religion. No rules, just right!)
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To: muir_redwoods
"Did I misread this or does it say $175,000 over five years? $35,000/yr on SSDI?
Really?

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.

43 posted on 01/26/2014 7:27:35 AM PST by magellan
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