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Postal worker gets prison time, $365K bill for fraudulent workers comp

May 29, 2015 by  
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U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler’s office said in a Thursday statement that Amancio Zamora Agcaoili, Jr. will also forfeit $14,141 in cash seized from his home, under terms handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason.

Agcaoili had entered guilty pleas in the case, first filed in April 2014, to 10 counts of wire fraud, theft of government funds, Federal Employees’ Compensation Act fraud and Social Security fraud. Gleason ordered him to repay $365,831.50 he had received from the Department of Labor and Social Security in the scheme, which unfolded while Agcaoili worked at the U.S. Postal Service from 2009 through 2014.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Yvonne Lamoreaux, who prosecuted the case against Agcaoili, said at the time that he had suffered a lower back injury. Prosecutors said Thursday that he had claimed he was unable to work, despite preparing immigration and tax returns from a home office and enjoying an active recreational life.

“For example, Agcaoili went dipnetting and fishing every year on the Copper River and the Kenai River, went dancing and sledding, and took vacations to Hawaii, Canada, and the Philippines,” prosecutors wrote. “Despite his active lifestyle and clear physical capabilities, Agcaoili continued to maintain that he was incapable of working, going so far as to walk with a cane when he visited a doctor.”

Prosecutors said Gleason emphasized the importance of deterring white-collar crime in sentencing Agcaoili — a view echoed by Kevin Feldis, the head of the criminal division in Loeffler’s office.

“Thirty months in prison will serve as a deterrent to others who are tempted to try similar scams,” Feldis said in the statement. “Agcaoili cheated every one of us when he lied about his injuries and his inability to work in order to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in worker’s compensation and disability payments.”

After his prison sentence is completed, Agcaoili will also spend three years on supervised release.

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