Ex-Federal Air Marshall collects nearly $250,000 in fraudulent disability payments

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.(WLNE)- During a federal court hearing in Providence on Tuesday, a former Federal Air Marshal employee admitted that he fraudulently collected a quarter of one million dollars of OWCP disability benefits.

52-year-old  Newport resident, Joseph Patrick Watterson, had been concealing his ownership of Two Swords Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, located in Middletown, on his OWCP forms.

Watterson admitted to hiding the fact that he was teaching and engaging in Jiu Jitsu to ensure that his OWCP benefits would not be reduced or terminated.

He instead falsely reported that his only involvement with the studio was administrative, and that his duties were “cleaning and maintaining the school, share the bookkeeping.”

Watterson collected roughly $241,118.52 in disability benefits that he was no entitled to from May 31, 2016 until March 3, 2019 according to government evidence, according to the governments evidence.

On Tuesday, Watterson pleaded guilty to false statements to obtain federal workers’ compensation benefits, announced United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman; Michael A. Ondocin, Executive Assistant to the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (Federal Air Marshal Service); and Joseph W. Cronin, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division.

Watterson is scheduled to be sentenced on January 28, 2021.

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