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Raleigh man charged with fraud in $29K disability scam

Posted July 23, 2013

A Raleigh man was arrested Monday on allegations that he fraudulently collected more than $29,000 in disability insurance payments.

Lisimba Tafirenyika, 55, of 2909 Bath Circle, faces one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.

Criminal investigators with the North Carolina Department of Insurance allege that Tafirenyika was gainfully employed and not entitled to the disability payments from Unum Insurance Company, which he received over an 18-month period in 2011 and 2012.

Tafirenyika was placed under a $6,000 secured bond.


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  • TomInWakeForest Jul 23, 2013

    I'll bet if the penalty for this kind of behavior was a couple of years at HARD LABOR, we wouldn't have to spend quite so much money trying to look for the crooks. But instead we ensure that the guilty are treated gently lest we be seen as abusing them ... geesh ...

  • 03Arabian Jul 23, 2013

    They had to have a Dr who would sign off on their disability forms to keep them on it also. You just dont go to the Dr once an keep on disability with no questions asked. They were fooling the Dr or they were just turning a blind eye and signing off on them..

  • aightCPA Jul 23, 2013

    Everyone wants to blame the government for waste but you have so called Americans who spend their days trying to create waste and steal tax dollars.

  • carthagegirl47 Jul 23, 2013

    Lots of people out there working and drawing disability

  • mayhem Jul 23, 2013

    Working the system. They have it down pat.

    Yeah, obviously this guy had it down pat. So much that we're now reading about it.

  • dae66 Jul 23, 2013

    Good! I sure wish they would crack down on the system abusers in this country!

  • Fx432 Jul 23, 2013

    Working the system. They have it down pat.