Proof VA Cameras Are Always Watching You
September 8, 2017
An Army veteran in Kansas who faked being blind in order to collect VA disability benefits was caught red-handed by VA surveillance cameras doing things most blind people cannot pull off.
The veteran agreed with the court and was placed on probation and ordered to repay $70,000 of disability compensation.
Billy J. Alumbaugh, 62, of Turon, Kansas, was sentenced in federal court where he pleaded in June 2017 to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.
Mr. Alumbaugh’s spouse was placed on probation for assisting him in his elaborate money-making scheme.
Mr. Alumbaugh, a veteran of the U.S. Army, collected veteran’s benefits from 2009 to 2016 while he maintained a Kansas driver’s license and regularly drove automobiles according to court documents.
In October 2016, Mr. Alumbaugh was seen by VA surveillance cameras arriving at the VAMC in Wichita, Kansas in an automobile with his wife driving while he sat in the passenger seat, according to court documents.
When the two of them left the VA campus, Mr. Alumbaugh’s spouse was captured driving the automobile by VA surveillance cameras, but the two of them stopped the automobile just a few blocks away from the VAMC and switched places so that Mr. Alumbaugh could drive the automobile.
VA Video Surveillance Catches Veteran
September 26, 2017
A veteran in San Antonio was sentenced to federal prison for allegedly faking an injury and exacerbating another injury to get more than $400,000 worth of compensation benefits.
The veteran reported to more than one doctor that he couldn’t walk, but VA surveillance video captured 54-year old Mack Cole walking, jogging, lifting heavy objects, even mowing his front lawn.
Mr. Cole was granted military retirement with disability benefits after he said he hurt his lower back in a training accident, right before deploying to Kosovo in 2004 with the Kansas Army National Guard.
Special agents with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shot surveillance video of Mr. Cole walking unassisted, lifting up his motorized scooter, exercising, and mowing his lawn on several occasions. The video was used at trial and a federal jury determined that Mr. Cole misrepresented the severity of his military related injuries to get higher disability payments, extensive medical equipment and to make modifications to his house.
Mr. Cole received a sentence of 27 months in federal prison for health care fraud and making false statements. Mr. Cole was also ordered to pay back $434,000 worth of compensation benefits. Mr. Cole will have three years of supervised release after finishing his prison term.
Veteran Caught On Camera
September 28, 2017
A jury convicted a former veteran of lying to fraudulently obtain money from two federal programs designed to provide funds for those who can’t work for themselves.
Donald B. Henderson was found guilty of stealing money for more than a decade from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The jury found Mr. Henderson guilty of lying to obtain more than $650,000 in compensation benefits from both the VA and SSA, which had been paying him since he signed off on eye exams in 2002 that reported to show Mr. Henderson was legally blind and could not work.
It was discover that during the course of several eye exams, Mr. Henderson said he could not read any letters on the eye chart and could only make out fingers, hands and objects at six feet or closer.
On the contrary, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick Cashman and Stephanie Lister provided the jury with hours of video showing Mr. Henderson driving a riding lawn mower and taking an undercover agent to a shooting range. Mr. Henderson was able to tell the agent where his bullets were hitting a paper target more than 30 feet away.