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September 8, 2017
An Army veteran in Kansas who faked being blind in order to collect VA disability benefits was caught red-handed by VA surveillance cameras doing things most blind people cannot pull off.
The veteran agreed with the court and was placed on probation and ordered to repay $70,000 of disability compensation.
Billy J. Alumbaugh, 62, of Turon, Kansas, was sentenced in federal court where he pleaded in June 2017 to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.
Mr. Alumbaugh’s spouse was placed on probation for assisting him in his elaborate money-making scheme.
Mr. Alumbaugh, a veteran of the U.S. Army, collected veteran’s benefits from 2009 to 2016 while he maintained a Kansas driver’s license and regularly drove automobiles according to court documents.
In October 2016, Mr. Alumbaugh was seen by VA surveillance cameras arriving at the VAMC in Wichita, Kansas in an automobile with his wife driving while he sat in the passenger seat, according to court documents.
When the two of them left the VA campus, Mr. Alumbaugh’s spouse was captured driving the automobile by VA surveillance cameras, but the two of them stopped the automobile just a few blocks away from the VAMC and switched places so that Mr. Alumbaugh could drive the automobile.