Former Air Traffic Controller Convicted of Workers' Compensation Fraud
On January 13, 2012, Raymond Elmo Deskins, III, 52, of Potomac Falls, Virginia, was convicted by a federal jury on mail fraud and false statements in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. Deskins failed to disclose work activities in the construction industry to the Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs.
Mr. Deskins was indicted on August 25, 2011, on nine counts of mail fraud and three counts of making false statements in connection with the receipt of federal workers' compensation benefits. According to court records and evidence at trial, Mr. Deskins, formerly an air traffic control specialist at the Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center in Leesburg, Virginia, received nearly $700,000 in benefits from the federal workers' compensation program since 2004.
From 2005 through 2008, while receiving disability benefits based on his inability to perform work of any kind, Mr. Deskins worked as a construction foreman for a Sterling, Virginia based general contractor. In order to continue to receive his monthly benefits, Mr. Deskins falsely certified to the Department of Labor on annual forms that he had been engaged in no work activities during the reporting periods.
This is a joint investigation with the FBI and the Department of Labor Office of the Inspector General.