Owner and Operator of Arlington Insurance Agency Convicted by Federal Jury of Theft of Government Benefits | USAO-MA

BOSTON – The owner and operator of an Arlington-based insurance agency was convicted by a federal jury in Boston of fraudulently receiving disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Patrick Quinn, 50, of Arlington, was sentenced Tuesday, April 12, 2022, after a six-day jury trial on two counts of theft of public funds and two counts of making false statements. US District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns scheduled sentencing for August 17, 2022. Quinn was arrested and charged in December 2019.

Since January 2012, Quinn stole more than $420,000 in veterans benefits and Social Security benefits by falsely telling the VA and SSA that he was unable to work due to a disability, when in fact he owned and operated Quinn Insurance Group, Inc.

In October 1995, shortly after his discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps, Quinn applied for and was approved for disability compensation benefits with the VA based on a series of physical injuries and, later, post-traumatic stress disorder. In March 2005, Quinn applied for Individual Unemployment (IU) benefits with the VA, which is paid to people who are unable to maintain substantially gainful employment as a result of their service-connected disabilities. In the application, Quinn claimed that his post-traumatic stress disorder prevented him from obtaining or pursuing a substantially gainful occupation and that he had become too disabled to work. In support of his application, Quinn submitted a letter from his purported final employer, Insurance Management Consultants, Inc., stating that Quinn was terminated due to his erratic behavior and that he was no longer employed at the company. While receiving UI benefits, Quinn completed and returned four VA employment questionnaires, on each of which he attested that he had not worked during the previous year.

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