A man who recently began a 15-month sentence for disability fraud at the U.S. Penitentiary in McCreary County died Monday after suffering life-threatening injuries.
John Arthur, 55, of Pulaski County, was found unresponsive at the facility around 12 p.m. Monday, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice. After being transported to a nearby hospital, he was pronounced dead at 1 p.m.
An investigation into Arthur’s death will be done by the prison, according to the release. The prison did not release how Arthur received his injuries.
Arthur was sentenced in June when he pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting receipt of stolen money. Arthur applied for disability benefits in early 2005, claiming he was blind and unable to work.
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A former deacon and Sunday School teacher, Arthur then had surgery that led to an improvement in his eyesight, but still received government disability checks for nearly 10 years while he was able to work.
The Pulaski County native had his employers pay his wife to hide the fact he was working, according to his plea agreement. His wife, Sherri Arthur, was sentenced to five years probation.
In addition to his 15-month sentence in federal prison, he was ordered to repay $166,583 to the Social Security Administration. His sentence began July 30.
Arthur worked as a heavy equipment operator and ran his own tree trimming business called John Arthur Contracting, according to an obituary. He worked with the Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief Program and went on many mission trips to help with recovery efforts.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.