Former Navy Employee Charged With WC Fraud

Liz Carey

Raleigh, NC (WorkersCompensation.com) – A former civilian employee of the Navy was charged yesterday with making false statements in order to collect workers’ compensation.

U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon, with the Eastern District of North Carolina, said David Burley, 67, of Bayboro, NC allegedly failed to report income from 2015-2018 for work he performed at the time.

According to the Criminal Information filed by Higdon’s office, Burley was charged with making a false statement, or Fraud to Obtain Federal Employee’s Compensation. Higdon’s office said that the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) is part of the Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP). Each year, the department mails FECA beneficiaries a self-certification form for the beneficiary to provide information about their work activities for the past 15 months.

“The beneficiary is required to report all employment for which the beneficiary received a salary, wages, income, or payment of any kind. The beneficiary is also required to report all volunteer work, self-employment or involvement in business enterprises, and to report any work or ownership interest in any business enterprise even if the business lost money or profits or income were paid to others,” the office said. That information is then used to determine benefits.

Burley could face a year imprisonment and up to $100,000 in fines, as well as a year of supervised release, if found guilty, Higdon’s office said.

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