VACAVILLE — A former postal worker was sentenced Wednesday to one year and one day in prison for workers’ compensation and disability benefits fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento announced.
U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton also ordered Robert Daniel Castillo, 50, of Vacaville, to pay $138,997 in restitution.
Castillo, while working for the U.S. Postal Service in Fresno, claimed that he had injured his lower back Oct. 15, 1998, while on the job, according to court documents.
He submitted a claim for workers’ compensation benefits and received federal workers’ compensation benefits based on that injury for more than 10 years. Castillo also received Social Security disability and veterans benefits based on claims of 100 percent disability. Altogether, Castillo received more than $6,000 a month based on his claimed disability.
Castillo was seen playing basketball and softball, driving, shopping, washing a boat, performing yard work and performing volunteer work. At doctor’s appointments and meetings with officials from the Department of Labor and Social Security, Castillo claimed an inability to do all of these things.
A federal grand jury indicted Castillo on July 19, 2012, and on April 24, 2013, he pleaded guilty to theft of United States property and false statements made to the government in seeking compensation payments. The U.S. Postal Service and the Social Security Administration handled the investigation.
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