Reno County man admits to posing as blind for benefits

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Reno County man pleaded guilty to receiving more than $70,000 in benefits by pretending to be blind.

Billy Alumbaugh, 62, of Turon, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the government.  His ex-wife Debra Alumbaugh, 58, pleaded guilty to concealing the crime. 

Prosecutors said Alumbaugh admitted to pretending he was blind and homebound in order to receive special Veterans Administration pension benefits.  Prosecutors said his ex-wife went with Alumbaugh to medical visits where he pretended to be blind and in need of her assistance.

Billy Alumbaugh faces up to five years in federal prison and $70,000 in restitution.  Prosecutors have agreed to sentence his ex-wife to a year of probation and a $1,000 fine. 

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