SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton sentenced Robert Daniel Castillo, 50, of Vacaville, today to one year and one day in prison for workers’ compensation and disability benefits fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Judge Karlton ordered Castillo to pay $138,997 in restitution.
This case was the product of an investigation by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General and the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared C. Dolan prosecuted the case.
“The American public expects Postal Service employees to be diligent and honest. Through its investigations, the Office of Inspector General helps to maintain that integrity. When US Postal Service employees’ actions turn to criminal violations, such as the abuse of the workers’ compensation program, those individuals are aggressively investigated by USPS OIG Special Agents,” said Scott Pierce, Special Agent in Charge, US Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Pacific Area Field Office.”
According to court documents, on October 15, 1998, Castillo, while working for the U.S. Postal Service in Fresno, claimed that he had injured his lower back while on the job. He submitted a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. For more than 10 years, Castillo received federal workers’ compensation benefits based on that injury. 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 observed 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 charges.