Former Missouri Legislator Charged with Disability Fraud

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A former Missouri state legislator from the metro was indicted on Tuesday for allegedly receiving Social Security disability payments while serving in the Missouri Legislator.

Raymond E. Salva, 65, of Sugar Creek, was charged in a five-count indictment by a federal grand jury on Tuesday. Salva is charged with theft of government money, two counts of Social Security disability fraud, mail fraud and making false statements to federal agents.

Prosecutors alleged that Salva, who worked as a Missouri state representative from January 2003 through December 2010, earned $30,000 a year for his work in the legislature while allegedly receiving a total of approximately $60,000 in disability payments to which he was not entitled.

Salva claimed that he had been injured and unable to work due to injuries received in a farm accident.

“This kind of deceit and illegal double-dipping from the public coffers is nothing less than theft,” said acting U.S. Attorney David Kethmark in a statement. “Today’s indictment alleges that, while purportedly serving the public, he was actually stealing from the taxpayers and betraying the trust of the voters.”

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