Blair County man plead guilty to stealing disability payments

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A Roaring Spring man plead guilty Friday to theft of government funds.

In connection to the guilty plea, the court found that from January 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016, Glenn Rhykerd, 68,  received and used a total of $50,985 in United States Railroad Retirement Board disability payments that were made to him that he was not entitled to.

“Lying in disability applications is a serious crime that honest taxpayers cannot abide, and that the RRB-OIG will aggressively continue to root out,” said U.S. Railroad Retirement Board Inspector General Martin Dickman.

“Through our ongoing investigation, we will continue to hold accountable those who would abuse a system that is meant for legitimately disabled workers who have served our nation’s railroads. I would like to thank the agents from my Office for their outstanding work on this investigation, as well as our law enforcement partners at the United States Attorney’s Office.”

Rhykerd’s sentencing is scheduled for June 5, 2019 at 1 p.m. He could face 10 years in prison, a $250,00 fine, or both.

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