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Veteran Fakes Blindness to Receive VA Disability Benefits

Billy Alumbaugh collected $63,000 in Veterans Affairs Disability Benefits before it was discovered that he wasn’t really blind.  Specialists at the VA hospital in Wichita, Kansas were unable to find any medical reason for his supposed blindness, yet Mr. Alumbaugh claimed he could not drive and needed assistance for routine activities, including shopping for groceries, reading medication labels, and getting to doctors’ appointments.

Mr. Alumbaugh was caught driving from one of his VA appointments and has since been charged by the Department of Justice along with his ex-wife with theft of government funds and conspiracy to defraud the government.  Mr. Alumbaugh maintained a Kansas license that did not state he required corrective lenses and drove regularly from 2009 to 2016 while he was receiving a supplemental monthly pension from the VA.

If convicted, Mr. Alumbaugh and the former Mrs. Alumbaugh face up to ten years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the theft charge and five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the conspiracy charge.