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Thursday, September 6, 2007Channing Phillips (202) 514-6933

Former federal government employee sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to pay $123,289 in restitution for fraudulently obtaining workers' compensation benefits

Washington, D.C. - A Maryland man, Andre O. Alsop, who embezzled workers' compensation benefits from the U.S. Government Printing Office, was sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to pay $123,289 in restitution to the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) Inspector General J. Anthony Ogden, and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Inspector General Gordon S. Heddell announced today.

Alsop, 54, who was employed at GPO as a computer specialist from 1974 to 1998, pled guilty on November 7, 2006, to a one-count information charging him with False Statements to Obtain Federal Employees' Compensation. Alsop was sentenced yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan, who also ordered that the defendant's prison sentence be followed by 24 months of supervised release.

According to the government's evidence, in or about June 1998, Alsop began receiving workers' compensation benefits due to a back injury that he stated he sustained on February 20, 1998, when his chair collapsed at GPO. In order to be considered for benefits, Alsop was required to submit Form EN1032s, sent by DOL to all injured workers who receive benefits through the OWCP. This form is used to notify DOL if the claimant has performed any work or received any outside income or if the claimant's physical condition has improved. In April 2002, OWCP accepted Alsop into its Periodic Roll after determining that he had a long-term disability. Since on or about June 1998 and continuing through on or about September 2006, Alsop received approximately $360,000 in OWCP benefits.

In the beginning of 2002, however, Alsop's medical condition improved. In June 2002, May 2003, and October 2005, Alsop submitted the required DOL Form EN1032s, willfully and knowingly omitting information that his medical condition had improved, fraudulently failing to disclose that he was involved with the operations of a real estate company, and willfully and knowingly failing to report that he was able to perform tasks that he had previously claimed he could not perform. Likewise, Alsop willfully and knowingly failed to list or make reference to any employment, self-employment, or volunteer work on any of the forms.

As a result of this fraud from on or about January 2002 through on or about October 2005, Alsop received excess workers' compensation benefits from OWCP in the amount of $123,289.29. This figure reflects a subtraction of what Alsop should have received from OWCP ($138,489.56) from what Alsop actually received from OWCP ($261,778.85).

In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Taylor commended the efforts of Special Agents Sonja Scott and Nathaniel Brown III of the GPO OIG Office of Investigations and Special Agent Michael Gray II of the DOL Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations. He also praised Legal Assistant Latoya Wade and former Legal Assistant Lakeshia Brent, and commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Mendelsohn in the Federal Major Crimes Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Shawe.

In addition, GPO Inspector General Ogden commended the "diligent efforts of Special Agents Sonja Scott and Nathaniel Brown III in uncovering and exposing this fraudulent activity." He also offered his appreciation for the assistance provided by the Department of Labor agents involved in this case.

Finally, DOL Inspector General Heddell stated, "By failing to report his income from various business ventures to the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, Mr. Alsop fraudulently received workers' compensation payments. My office will continue to collaborate with other law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Attorney to investigate and bring to justice those who commit these types of crimes."

 
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