A former transportation security officer pleaded guilty and was sentenced recently in federal to fraudulently obtaining over $30,000 in workers’ compensation.
Richard A. Mariani, 76, of West Dennis, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud in obtaining federal employee compensation and was sentenced to six months of probation. He was also ordered to pay $38,052 in restitution to the Department of Labor.
Mariani was employed as a transportation security officer at Barnstable Municipal Airport from February 2002 to February 2011. After a workplace injury in 2011 that he claimed rendered him unable to work and imposed severe limitations on physical activities, Mariani began collecting workers’ compensation benefits. However, in August 2015, Mariani began providing lawn irrigation services to various clients who paid him in cash for his work. In doing so, Mariani was engaged in many of the physical activities he previously claimed to be unable to do. In addition, he lied on a form to the U.S. Department of Labor stating that he did not earn any income other than his disability benefits. From August 2015 to August 2016, Mariani fraudulently received $38,052 in federal benefits.