Ex-congressional staffer lied about war injuries to get VA benefits, prosecutors say

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  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 8:42 p.m.

    Scammers representing themselves as disabled are despicable. Throw the book at every individual who abuses ANY disability program. But we should honor employers who make good faith efforts to hire the truly disabled.

    While this person is in a high visibility position (thanks to his falsified record) that reflects badly on him, not the employer.

    Sadly, disability scams are load with fraud and it is one of the most widely abused federal programs today. Not just the VA but even worse in Social Security's "disability" program and Workers Compensation Fund programs.

    Since 2009 Obama has added 5.9 million for SSDI disability payments, nearly doubling the number! In Utah 3% of the population is on disability, but in some states it is over 8%. That does not include VA or WCF programs!

    A huge part of the federal deficit is from nice-sounding programs intended to help people who are really desperate for a safety net, but have become comfortable hammocks for millions of non-disabled people, unless "allergy to work" is a new disease.