LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A western Nebraska man has been sentenced to 90 days’ home confinement and ordered to repay more than $92,000 for working while collecting disability payments.
U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says 42-year-old Frank Sanchez Jr. was sentenced Thursday in a Lincoln federal court for theft of government funds. Sanchez must also perform 150 hours of community service and serve five years’ supervised release.
Authorities say Sanchez worked at BNSF Railroad from August 2004 through July 2007, when he filed for a Railroad Retirement Disability Annuity because of medical conditions.
Prosecutors say Sanchez filled out a report in 2009 stating his condition hadn’t changed and that he had not returned to work. Officials discovered in 2012 that Sanchez had returned to work at the railroad in 2009 while still collecting disability benefits.