Montana Man Pleads Guilty In Workers’ Comp Fraud Case

June 6, 2013

A 76-year-old Havre, Mont. man has pleaded guilty to mail fraud in a case for failing to report that he owned a profitable business while receiving more than $277,000 in federal worker’s compensation benefits from 2001 to 2012.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says William Szudera pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen.

Prosecutors said Szudera collected workers compensation benefit payments based on his statements to the Department of Labor that he was not working and earned no income. However, an investigation found he owned a profitable shooting supply business, making him ineligible for the federal benefits.

Szudera was injured while working for the Bureau of Reclamation in 1970 and was placed on permanent disability in 1984.

Mail fraud was charged because the U.S. Treasury mailed the checks to his house.

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