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Page 2-Friday, December 2, 1977-The Michigan Daily
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYES ABUSE DISABILITY PAY:
Feds. crack down on
WASHINGTON (AP)-A 31-year-old Virginia ship- other form of fringe benefits."
yard mechanic retires at government expense after THE LABOR Department's administration of the
suffering an on-the-job back injury that he claims program has sparked allegations of frequent malin-
keeps him from doing even light clerical work. He gering by federal employes, shoddy administration
is later seen playing ball, running foot races and by the government and unnecessary expenses paid
dancing at a local night club. by taxpayers..
A New York postal worker is given disability pay As a result, the department announced last week
after saying he hurt his arm so badly that he cannot that a new division of investigations is being set upo
pick up a letter. He later bowls a game so remark- to crack down on fraudulent claims for injury com-
able that a local newspaper features hinr in an 'pensation. Twenty investigators-there currently
article. are none-will be hired to piobe claims. Cases where
These and other incidents have forced the govern- fraud is found will be referred to theJustice Depart-
ment to start cracking down on what a House com- ment for prosecution.
mittee last year termed a growing attitude among "We simply must put a stop to any deceit by
federal workers that the compensation program for claimants," Assistant Secretary Donald Elisburg
federal employes suffering on-the-job injuries is "an- said.
Although the two employes cited eventually had
their benefits cut off, officials believe many other
federal workers are faking injuries and getting away
THE FEDERAL employes program is separate
from the workmen's compensation program run by
the states for employes in the private sector. A
Labor Department spokesmap said the federal em-
ploye plan is far more liberal than most state
Statistics show that payments have increased
dramatically since the federal program was liberal-
ized in 1974.
Arabs meet, defy Sadat
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(Continued from Page 1)
THE EGYPTIAN president's major
Arab supporter, Sudanese President
Jaafar el-Numeiry, arrived in Jidda on
Thursday for talks with King Khaled,
apparently seeking Saudi support for
Sadat. The Saudis, after an initial repri-
mand to Sadat for breaking Arab unity,
have maintained silence on his peace
The Saudi radio said Syria's air force
commander was also expected in Jid-
da, evidently to argue against support
Kadafy's call for an anti-Sadat front
succeeded in persuading Syria and Iraq
to set aside bitter ideological and
political differences long enough to at-
tend the gathering. But observers noted
the relatively low level of Iraqi repre-
sentation as evidence of continuing
LIBYAN OFFICIALS were en-
couraged by apparent delays in organ-
izing Sadat's meeting in Cairo, which
was not scheduled to start until at least'
"It shows no Arab country would
come," Libyan Foreign Minister Aly
Triki said, clearly pleased.
There were strong indications, how-
ever, that Khadafy's hardline zeal was
only partly shared by some particih
pants in the Tripoli gathering.
ASSAD, WHO until the Jerusalem
visit had been Sadat's close ally, said
last week that there can be no "di-
vorce" between such Arab leaders;.
only disagreement on tactics.
"This is a conference of reflection
and analysis," Algerian Foreign Min-
ister Abdel Aziz Bouteftika told news-
men. His assessment was interpreted
as an indication that Algeria would also
attempt to keep the Tripoli gathering
from creating an irreparable split be-
tween Sadat and the rest of the Arab
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