Nashua man sentenced in disability benefits case

CONCORD – Kenneth Dunn, 60, of Nashua, was sentenced to 36 months of probation and six months of home confinement for making false statements to obtain federal employee disability benefits, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray said.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation Program provides workers’ compensation benefits. While receiving benefits, a disabled employee is required to report all employment for which he or she received a salary, wage, or payment of any kind.

According to documents and statements made in court, Dunn was hired as a rural letter carrier in April 1985. In November 2010, Dunn began to receive disability benefits due to employment-related injuries to his neck, back, and arm. While receiving the disability benefits, Dunn repeatedly reported he was unable to work in any capacity and he was not engaged in any employment activity.

However, from 2010 through 2017, Dunn conducted thousands of transactions related to the purchase and sale of comic books on the internet, and failed to report the activity. In addition, on several occasions from October 2016 to February 2018, an agent observed Dunn engage in physical activities inconsistent with his reported alleged total disability.

Because of his fraudulent conduct, Dunn received disability benefits totaling $87,736 from September 2016 through July 2018. He pleaded guilty Sept. 20.