Skip to comments.Feds: USPS worker takes disability, goes fishing ( Alaska )
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.
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.
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 !
So, being disabled means no fishing?
I did not know that...
Reading that a little bit literally aren’t you ..
No. Claiming to be too disabled to work and then going fishing while collecting disability checks is the problem here.
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.
Actually, if one is living in Alaska and not fishing, why are they living?
HMM I never seen this dude on Deadliest Catch I been watching the series since PILOT
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.
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.
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.
Did you report her to your Postmaster?
Have you filed a report with your DA?
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.
No. CLAIMING disability to go DIPNET fishing. Dipnet fishing is strenuous and dangerous. Sometimes the fish can weigh over 60 pounds. Some disability...
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.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Half the cops in my Town retire on disability.
“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.
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.
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.
Ah what season you were watching
I saw one episode Sig Hansen had hail the fishing station in Norgerian language I seen that episode
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.
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
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.
Trust me, dipnetting is much more strenuous than fishing with a rod and reel.
Do not suppose you reported this to anyone??? Why do WE let them get
away with this it is OUR MONEY!!!!
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 doctors 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.
$334K over a 5 year period?
That’s one heck of a benefit payment.