A truck driver has been charged with Social Security fraud after lying about two passed DOT physicals.
Truck driver Dwayne Brent was charged in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on eight counts of wire transfer fraud and one count of Social Security fraud, reported Street News.
Bent claimed that he could only drive short distances, and could not get work as a trucker because of his condition. As a result, Bent filed for SSA disability benefits in October of 2014, with a retroactive disability date of May 21, 2013. He was approved in January 2017, but failed to disclose that he had passed a DOT physical exam in October 2016.
Bent reportedly collected more than $200,000 in SSA benefits for disability insurance between March 2017 and August 2019, all while concealing two passed DOT physicals in 2016 and 2018, which deemed him physically qualified to drive without medical restrictions. Bent also concealed his employment as a driver of a company car from SSA.
The Office of the Inspector General of the US DOT is conducting this investigation in conjunction with the SSA Office of Inspector General.