A "blind" Milwaukee, Wisconsin man's $175,000 Social Security disability fraud scheme ended when federal agents caught him driving a speedboat, the Free Beacon website reports today (January 24, 2014).
Lawrence Popp, 58, was sentenced to one year in prison on January 21 for defrauding the Social Security Administration (SSA) after pretending to be blind in order to get disability benefits. Popp said he was unable to drive, read, or "bowl without bumpers" due to his condition.
Popp -- a wealthy businessman -- continued to work and go on lavish vacations in the Cayman Islands while collecting disability benefits for five years.
Popp's ruse was discovered after agents from the IRS and the SSA caught him driving a water-ski boat, a snowmobile, and driving a car to and from his benefits office.