Workers' Compensation Cheaters Make It Difficulty For Legitimate Claimants
Posted on Jan 06, 2008
For every worker who try to cheat the workers' compensation system, there are tens of thousands of injured workers with legitimate claims. These injured workers have devoted years of their life to serving their employers and helping their employers make money. When they are injured on the job they deserve to be paid their benefits. Workers' compensation cheaters make things difficult for injured workers with legitimate claims. One such cheater, David VanDeusen, recently plead guilty to workers' compensation fraud. According to an announcement made by United States Attorney Gleen Suddaby on Wednesday, January 2, 56-year-old David VanDeusen, of Tully, New York, has been sentenced in the U.S. District Court of Syracuse, New York to serve 18 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release after his plea of guilt to defrauding the Federal Worker’s Compensation system. As a part of his sentence, VanDeusen is required to pay restitution in the amount of $392,863.76 to the United States Postal Service, as well as a special assessment of $100 to the court. He has been remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals Service and the United States Bureau of Prisons. VanDeusen pled guilty to the charges on August 13 of 2007, admitting that he had made false written statements in connection with his award of worker’s compensation in May of 2006. He falsely advised the federal Office of Worker’s Compensation Program that he was not working and was also not able to work. In reality, at the time, VanDeusen had been engaged in the operation of three businesses, “Double D Auto Sales,” “Super Seal of Central New York,” and “Affordable Sign Company,” all of which are based in the area of Syracuse. Since 1988, VanDeusen had been on federal Worker’s Compensation in relation to his job at the United States Postal Service in Syracuse working as a mail handler.