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Belleville man indicted for worker’s comp fraud

From Illinois Business Journal news services

EAST ST. LOUIS – United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today that Martese O. Temple, Sr., 48, of Belleville was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he unlawfully obtained disability benefits from the United States Postal Service.

The indictment alleges that, from September 2009 through July 2014, Temple misrepresented the severity of a foot injury to obtain permanent disability benefits from the U.S. Postal Service. The indictment charges Temple with theft of government funds, worker’s compensation fraud, and making a false statement to a government agency.

The charge of theft of government funds carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and the charges of worker’s compensation fraud and making a false statement carry maximum penalties of five years in prison. All three counts also carry maximum penalties of a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

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