Former Navy Civilian Employee Indicted For WC Benefits Fraud

Sacramento, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that a federal grand jury returned an 11-count indictment on Thursday charging MICHAEL HOWELL, 59, Vacaville, California with falsely denying that he had outside employment and income, in order to receive approximately $305,000 in workers' compensation benefits.
This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
According to Assistant United States Attorney Michael D. Anderson, who is prosecuting the case, the indictment alleges that HOWELL defrauded the Department of the Navy by falsely denying that he had outside employment and income in order to receive benefits. The indictment alleges he worked while collecting benefits and that payments for his work were made directly to himself and to “S.K. Howell,” a company controlled by an associate of HOWELL.
If convicted, HOWELL faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for mail fraud, 10 years in prison for theft of government property, and five years in prison for false statements. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
The charges are only allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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