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Former official on trial in disability fraud case

Former official on trial in disability fraud case

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A longtime member of the Glens Falls Board of Public Safety is on trial this week on federal charges that accuse him of misrepresenting back problems to receive federal worker's compensation benefits.

William J. Casey was indicted on seven charges related to worker's compensation claims filed between 2005 and 2008 in connection with his employment at the U.S. post office in Glens Falls.

The indictment alleges Casey "failed to indicate that his medical condition had improved when, as he then and there knew well, said condition had improved."

Casey has pleaded not guilty.

The investigation began in 2008, when the Postal Services Office of Inspector General received information Casey "may have been improperly attempting to influence how his physician completed required paperwork related to his (Casey's) worker's compensation claim," Sal Giarrizzo, an investigator with the Office of Inspector General wrote, according to court records.

Part of the case against Casey included "video surveillance" of Casey doing "physical activities" that seemed to show his condition had improved, according to federal court records.

When confronted with this evidence, Casey told postal service officials his "medical restrictions at work do not apply to his off-duty hours," Giarrizzo wrote.

Casey's employment with the post office was terminated last January, after his indictment.

He took a leave of absence from the Board of Public Safety and Glens Falls Zoning Board last April, after the media became aware of the criminal charges against him.

The trial, which is being held in U.S. District Court in Albany, is expected to wrap up later this month.

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