Thursday, July 21, 2005

Pilots Arrested for Disability Payments
Forty pilots were arrested after an investigation found they were licensed to fly but were receiving Social Security disability payments for a variety of illnesses, federal officials said.

The pilots, who include commercial and transport pilots, claimed to be medically fit to fly airplanes. However, they may have been flying with debilitating illnesses that should have kept them grounded, ranging from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to drug and alcohol addiction and heart conditions, said Marlon Cobar, a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's office in Fresno.
I am aware of a case where a doctor completed paperwork for an insurance company stating that his patient was completely incapable of working. On review of the medical records, it was noted that, on the same day, the doctor had completed a DOT physical so the patient could maintain his commercial driver's license (CDL.) When the reviewer got a copy of the CDL physical, it described a completely healthy individual without any restrictions.

Obviously, there was fraud; either on the disability paperwork or on the CDL paperwork.