11/17/2008According to Virginia authorities, a trucker from Tennessee is facing 193 charges of workers’ compensation fraud in Virginia.
On May 21, William Douglas Pickel was release from Big Sandy Federal Prison in Inez, Kentucky after serving a sentence for Social Security Disability Insurance fraud and was immediately detained by special agents from the Virginia State Police.
Pickel was transported to Washington County, Virginia where he was arrested on 193 charges of “obtaining money by false pretense.”
Pickel, who was living in Blountville, Tennessee, was an employee of Bristol, Virginia-based Combs Trucking where he was involved in a traffic accident in 1994 and began to draw workers’ comp payments, according to VSP.
In a VSP investigation, it was discovered that at the same time he was receiving worker’s comp benefits, he was operating a power washing business in addition to driving for another trucking company. When he had received the maximum benefits and was no longer able to receive workers’ comp, he applied for Social Security Disability benefits, according to VSP.
Pickel was sent to a federal prison in Kentucky for Social Security Disability Insurance fraud, and then picked up by VSP special agents upon release.
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