Chesapeake man admits to bilking $450K from railroad disability fund

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Chesapeake man has pleaded guilty to falsely claiming nearly $450,000 in disability benefits from a federal retirement program for railroad workers.

Federal officials said Wednesday that Jeffrey A. Ratliff was on disability for 20 years while also working as a real estate agent.

He spent 21 years as a pipefitter for Norfolk Southern before claiming that neck and shoulder injuries prevented him from working. He also said he could no longer work as a real estate agent.

But Ratliff kept the second the job and used his wife’s social security number to get paid. Federal officials said he confessed to agents who confronted him.

The 60-year-old Ratliff faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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