Switch back to WCC classic look

WorkCompCentral – Workers' Compensation Education, Courses, News and Information

Call or email us anytime
(805) 484-0333
Search Guide
Today is Tuesday, January 16, 2018 -

News Articles

Couple Sentenced for Decade-Long Disability Fraud

  • State: New York
  • Topic: NORTH
  • -  324 views
  • - Popular with: Legal
  • -  0 shares

A couple were sentenced Tuesday for taking more than $1.2 million in fraudulent disability benefits over 10 years.

Richard Klaffka, 59, of Holland, posed as a disabled veteran and postal worker by using a wheelchair he didn’t need and having his wife, Cathleen, push him around the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Buffalo, The Buffalo News reported.

Federal agents said they saw Richard Klaffka drive to the VA, get out of his car and lift and open his wheelchair without help. His wife would then push him into the VA facility.

The couple pleaded guilty in March after learning neighbors were prepared to testify that they saw Klaffka hunting, bike riding, chopping wood and playing horseshoes, the newspaper reported.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara sentenced Richard Klaffka to 32 months in prison, and his wife to years of probation.

When pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, Richard Klaffka agreed to pay back the $1.2 million.

His attorney said his client’s guilty plea does not diminish legitimate health problems to his hip, spine, neck and knees, or his frustration at losing his Postal Service job because of his disabilities.

“I blamed the government for my misfortune,” Richard Klaffka told the court Tuesday, according to the newspaper. “I decided I would make it my business to get as many benefits as possible from the government.”

No Comments

Log in to post a comment

Close


Do not post libelous remarks. You are solely responsible for the postings you input. By posting here you agree to hold harmless and indemnify WorkCompCentral for any damages and actions your post may cause.

Today’s News

Featured Video

Upcoming Events

  • Jan 17, 2018

    Words Matter - Free Webinar

    Overview: Words, and attitudes, have consequences. When it comes to employers and employees, an …

  • Jan 20, 2018

    2018 MCLE Super Saturday

    Overview: This program provides the six hours of "Special Requirement" training, within the 25 …

  • Jan 22-23, 2018

    2018 Florida Workers Comp Upda

    WorkCompCentral is proud to partner with MEDVAL to bring you this important seminar. The 2018 W …

Workers' Compensation Events

Social Media Links


WorkCompCentral Workers' Compensation
News and Education
4081 Mission Oaks Blvd
Camarillo, CA 93012
(805) 484-0333