Transcript for Con Artist Feigns Blindness, Collects Social Security For Years
Next tonight, an ABC news investigation. More than 7,000 cases of disability fraud open each year. Hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayers' money at stake. Here's Rebecca Jarvis. Approximately 8:03 A.M. Conducting surveillance on Lawrence Popp. Reporter: You're watching a federal sting operation in progress. Milwaukee businessman Lawrence Popp had been collecting social security disability payments for his blindness for years. There's just one problem -- Popp is not actually blind. Here he is living the high life, traveling the world. Even towing water skiers behind a boat. But that's not what he tells the claims office. No. My lifestyle has changed radically. Reporter: Popp did have some legitimate vision impairment back in 2004 when he signed up for disability benefits. But he didn't notify the department when he got a job and his medical condition improved. He just kept on lying. This is kind of reliving it, so, I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Reporter: Each year investigators open more than 7,000 cases of suspected con artists trying to milk the system, just like Popp. What is your message to anyone who thinks that they can get away with this? You should know that your day will come. And we're going to prosecute you. Popp was sentenced to a year in jail, and had to pay thousands of dollars that he took back to the government. Wow. And there will be much more of
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