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Ex-Bergen County Private Eye Admits Disability Fraud, Authorities Say

Saddle Brook man who ran a business and appeared on 'The Maury Povich Show' while collecting disability payments was sentenced to 23 months in prison, authorities said.

A Bergen County man was sentenced to 23 months in prison Tuesday after authorities say he fraudulently collected disability payments while running a private detective firm, authorities announced this week.

According to a release from District Attorney Paul Fishman Tuesday, David Disney, 46, of Saddle Brook and Alexandria Township in Hunterdon County pleaded guilty after one day of trial to a charge of theft of government funds.

Disney received Social Security disability payments from 2003 to 2008 by claiming he was too hurt from a head injury to work, Fishman said.

During the five-year period, however, authorities say Disney continued to operate his private detective firm, DM Disney & Associates. He performed surveillance for clients, testified before the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board on behalf of clients, applied to renew his New Jersey Private Detective License and purchase a handgun, and even appeared on The Maury Povich Show to promote his business, Fishman said.

Tuesday, Disney admitted to collecting $144,000 in disability payments he knew he wasn’t entitled to receive, Fishman said.

According to the release, U.S. District Judge Faith S. Hochberg sentenced Disney to the prison time and two years of supervised release, and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine and $144,000 in restitution to the Social Security Administration, authorities said.

Tee Smyth April 03, 2014 at 12:04 PM
Federal sentencing guidelines vs. Superior Court.
disgusted April 03, 2014 at 01:43 PM
Agreed.
jp1 April 03, 2014 at 01:59 PM
Rica had a better lawyer.
barbara April 04, 2014 at 02:14 AM
Another gapping whole in the SSdisability system where payments are handed out like candy for "head" injuries to perfectly healthy recipients who are looking for an easy payout.
Tee Smyth April 04, 2014 at 11:01 AM
I respectfully disagree, Barbara. Payments are not handed out like candy in the "SSdisability" system for "head" injuries. It is actually quite difficult to be found disabled.

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