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Feds: USPS worker takes disability, goes fishing ( Alaska )
Your Alaska Link News ^ | Apr 18, 2014

Posted on 04/19/2014 10:06:55 AM PDT by cutty

A former U.S. Postal Service employee in Anchorage was arraigned Friday on charges he accepted at least $334,000 in disability and worker's comp payments while he spent his summers fishing.

The U.S. attorney's office says in a Friday release that 56-year-old Amacio Zamora Agcaoili Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury on 18 counts, including theft of government funds.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Yvonne Lamoureux also claims Agcaoli lied about not working when he was paid for preparing tax returns and immigration paperwork.

Authorities also claim he failed to tell the Social Security Administration about his worker's comp payments, to which he wasn't entitled.

They claim every summer between 2009 and 2013, he went dipnetting and fishing on multiple occasions despite being on disability.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: disability; postal; socialsecurity; usps; workerscomp

1 posted on 04/19/2014 10:06:55 AM PDT by cutty
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To: cutty

Some years ago we bought some hastas from a neighborhood nursery. The woman owner picked up a dozen heavy plants and put thme on a cart then dragged them over to my car. Chatting on the way she told us she worked for the USPS, but she was currently on disability.


2 posted on 04/19/2014 10:11:02 AM PDT by DManA
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To: cutty
cutty:" They claim every summer between 2009 and 2013, he went dipnetting and fishing on multiple occasions despite being on disability"

Only 5 years between claiming the disability ,
and being found out to be a false claim
and now these government officials want to run your HealthCare ??
Welcome to Government run healthcare, where it take 5 years to determine fraud !!
or your next appointment with your Doctor !

3 posted on 04/19/2014 10:14:02 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: cutty
Amacio Zamora Agcaoili Jr.
Didn't know Alaskans had such exotic names.
4 posted on 04/19/2014 10:16:39 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

So, being disabled means no fishing?
I did not know that...


5 posted on 04/19/2014 10:17:35 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

Reading that a little bit literally aren’t you……..


6 posted on 04/19/2014 10:20:28 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: tet68

No. Claiming to be too disabled to work and then going fishing while collecting disability checks is the problem here.


7 posted on 04/19/2014 10:20:45 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: tet68
being disabled means no fishing?

Depends on the disability. If it involves strenuous exertion of the upper body and back, it probably does.

I'm sure it doesn't preclude riding in a boat, and watching someone else do the work.

8 posted on 04/19/2014 10:21:35 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: tet68

Actually, if one is living in Alaska and not fishing, why are they living?


9 posted on 04/19/2014 10:23:09 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: cutty
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10 posted on 04/19/2014 10:23:24 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: tet68

Clearly disabled.

11 posted on 04/19/2014 10:25:14 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: cutty

HMM I never seen this dude on Deadliest Catch I been watching the series since PILOT


12 posted on 04/19/2014 10:28:06 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: DManA

I presently play ice-hockey with a State Sheriff / Highway Patrol who is on disability. Hurt his lower back a year or two ago while on duty.


13 posted on 04/19/2014 10:28:17 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: tet68

Well, I think there is a huge difference between recreational fishing, which is someone could do even from a wheelchair, and commercial fishing using boats and nets...

In fact, Alabama gives free recreational fishing licenses to disabled vets.


14 posted on 04/19/2014 10:39:48 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: SamAdams76
Claiming to be too disabled to work and then going fishing while collecting disability checks is the problem here.

I did not ever claim disability because I did not want questions like this, although I could have.

Not all forms of disability involve a broken back, or something like that, and not all are continuous (but most of the time). I have days where I could, fish, ride the motorcycle, etc., but not all that many.

15 posted on 04/19/2014 10:43:42 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture)
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To: DManA

Did you report her to your Postmaster?


16 posted on 04/19/2014 11:01:13 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: PGR88

Have you filed a report with your DA?


17 posted on 04/19/2014 11:02:46 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
"Depends on the disability."

Yes, and the article has nothing to say about that. If he was on disability due to stress (i.e. he was about to go postal); then fishing might have been the prescribed cure.

He's also accused of earning money from other work -- that might be the thing they've got him on.

It's never a good idea to judge anyone solely on the basis of media reports.

18 posted on 04/19/2014 11:39:27 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: tet68
"So, being disabled means no fishing? I did not know that..."

No. CLAIMING disability to go DIPNET fishing. Dipnet fishing is strenuous and dangerous. Sometimes the fish can weigh over 60 pounds. Some disability...

19 posted on 04/19/2014 11:45:23 AM PDT by redhead (NO GROUND TO THE DEVIL! Remember BENGHAZI!! Use Weaponized Prayer)
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To: tet68

Some people seem to think that if you back pain or some other injury you can’t do anything and if you get any compensation for it you should be lying in bed 24/7.


20 posted on 04/19/2014 11:56:27 AM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: cutty

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Half the cops in my Town retire on disability.


21 posted on 04/19/2014 12:04:23 PM PDT by AdaGray
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To: oh8eleven

“Didn’t know Alaskans had such exotic names.”

I was watching “Deadliest Catch” some years back and the crab boat in question was heading for a processing plant on some little island waaaay up north. As they approached, they had to hail the dock in Spanish. They go where the work is.


22 posted on 04/19/2014 12:25:54 PM PDT by PLMerite
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To: PGR88

Our former Congress critter was on disability for twisting his leg getting out of a car. Yet he was known as best basketball player in DC politics and did you see him bounce down the steps after Clinton’s impeachment. Dated but inbred crook for a cop.


23 posted on 04/19/2014 12:42:39 PM PDT by mcshot (..."And this too shall end.")
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To: PLMerite
As they approached, they had to hail the dock in Spanish. They go where the work is.
Wow, doing jobs Alaskans won't do. Who knew?
24 posted on 04/19/2014 3:07:52 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: cutty

It seems to me that whether spending his time fishing is proof that his disability claim is fraudulent or a reasonable way for a disabled postman to spend his days very much depends on the mode and method of fishing.


25 posted on 04/19/2014 3:22:30 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: PLMerite

Ah what season you were watching

I saw one episode Sig Hansen had hail the fishing station in Norgerian language I seen that episode


26 posted on 04/19/2014 4:45:22 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: SevenofNine

It’s been a good two years at least. I’m not up on my Norgerian (Norwegian?), but what I heard sure struck me as Spanish, another language I don’t speak. It could have been what you said.


27 posted on 04/19/2014 6:20:37 PM PDT by PLMerite
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To: PLMerite

I think it was Norweigan I hear Sig speaking to another captain in the wheelhouse or maybe to one of his brother Edgar or Norman in that language in episode


28 posted on 04/19/2014 6:27:50 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: steve86

I have degenerative disc disease. I can do alot...but not for very long and depending on what I do I may have to plan on spending the next day in bed.
Most people do not know that I have it because they see me at my best. Went to a huge BBQ today and I was ok. By the time we got home I could barely walk. If you asked the people there how I was I am sure they would all say fine.
I try not to let my condition stop me from doing anything I want but I know my limitations and I know there is absolutely no way I could hold down a job. Besides what employer would be ok with me working my tail off one day and calling in sick the next day.....every time.


29 posted on 04/19/2014 9:35:55 PM PDT by sheana
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To: tet68

Trust me, dipnetting is much more strenuous than fishing with a rod and reel.


30 posted on 04/19/2014 11:12:18 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: PGR88

Do not suppose you reported this to anyone??? Why do WE let them get
away with this it is OUR MONEY!!!!


31 posted on 04/19/2014 11:22:04 PM PDT by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: cutty

He received the payments 'by engaging in a scheme to defraud the federal government about the nature and extent of his injury and about the other work he was performing and income he was receiving,'.

At a doctor’s appointment in July 2009, the defendant described the pain from his lower back as 'unbearable and constant,' ranging from eight to 10 on a pain scale, according to the indictment.

His suffering was exacerbated by a list of physical activities: sitting, standing, walking and changing weather conditions, he allegedly said. He also reportedly used a cane to walk.

32 posted on 04/19/2014 11:46:47 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: cutty

$334K over a 5 year period?

That’s one heck of a benefit payment.


33 posted on 04/20/2014 4:53:23 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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