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Veteran Headed to Prison for Disability Fraud
December 21, 2017
A disabled veteran from St. Louis, Missouri was indicted December 20, 2017, and accused of lying to improperly receive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability benefits and Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits.
The veteran, Mr. Donald Crangle, 57, suffered a major back injury in 1985 while on active duty with the U.S. Army, and was determined to be 10% disabled shortly after the accident. Due to increased complications from his back injury, Mr. Crangle’s disability rating was increased to 30% in 1990.
In 1999 Mr. Crangle injured his back again, and the injury resulted in major back surgery. Mr. Crangle was determined to be 44% disabled after the accident, but, was able to continue working at his present job.
In 2003 Mr. Crangle applied for an increase in benefits from the VA stating that he was too disabled to work.
However, Mr. Crangle continued to teach at another job that netted him over $245,000 from 2009 – 2013. At the same time, Mr. Crangle racked up over $314,000 from the VA and SSA.
Mr. Crangle was indicted on three counts of theft of government funds and five counts of making false statements.