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VENTURA : Ex-Officer Accused of Disability Fraud

A former Ventura police officer has been indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of fraudulently receiving disability pay while working for a family business.

Linda Kay Richardson, 39, was a special agent for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Los Angeles from 1985 to 1988 when, the indictment alleged, she falsified statements on a workers compensation claim.

Richardson, who recently moved to Tucson, Ariz., received disability payments while working for Richardson Enterprises, a family owned business, said Asst. U.S. Atty. Jody Tabner Thayer, who will prosecute the case.

During the same period, Richardson occasionally worked for other employers, Thayer said.

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According to investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor, Richardson failed to report the employment and continued to receive full disability benefits.

She was a police officer with the Ventura Police Department from 1977 to 1979.

Each count of the indictment carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.


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