This government employee's disability checks were delivered with extra toppings.
On Tuesday, a San Francisco postal employee was sentenced to 90 days in jail and ordered to pay $157,173 in restitution for collecting disability checks while owning and operating Domino's Pizza stores, District Attorney George Gascón said.
Tiong C. Ong, 51, formerly a Saratoga resident, started working at the U.S. Postal Service as a tractor trailer operator in 1993. Seven years later, he reportedly began receiving monthly disability payments after injuring his back.
In June of 2002, Ong never reported that he got a job as general manger of a Sunnyvale Domino's Pizza store. He eventually purchased a 51-percent stake in the store, which was sold in 2008.
Ong was handling a whole lot of dough at the time. While receiving government benefits, prosecutors said, he was seen “acting as a delivery driver, order taker, and pizza maker” at the store.
A few months after the Sunnyvale franchise was sold, Ong reportedly purchased through a corporation another Domino's Pizza store in Honolulu.
“He was observed in Hawaii opening and closing the store, talking on the phone, and delivering pizzas,” prosecutors said.
The case came to light in January 2010, when a human resources employee for USPS paid visits to Ong's home and noticed he was never there. A yearlong investigation followed.
In December 2010, Ong was arraigned on 19 felony charges. Then in March of this year, he pled guilty to one felony violation of filing a false insurance claim. His sentence includes 5 years of probation and 310 hours of community service.
“At the sentencing [hearing], the defendant paid $150,000 towards the restitution order,” prosecutors said.
“The public money recovered in this case is welcome news, especially in these tough economic times,” Gascón said in a statement.