Three St. Mary’s County Family Members Facing Federal Charges For Stealing Over $820,000 In V.A. Benefits Fraud Scheme

September 20, 2019

Family Members Were Falsely Claiming Disability Benefits From The Department Of Veterans Affairs

A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Angela Marie Farr, a/k/a Angela Pace, Angela Mullins, and Angela Biggs, age 33, of Leonardtown, Michael Vincent Pace, age 39, of Leonardtown, and Mary Francis Biggs, age 62, of Lexington Park, with conspiracy and theft of government property. Farr was also charged with aggravated identity theft and social security fraud.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge of the Mid-Atlantic Field Office Kim R. Lampkins for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General; and Special Agent in Charge Michael McGill of the Social Security Administration – Office of Inspector General.

The five-count indictment alleges that Farr served as the organizer of a conspiracy in which she submitted false and fraudulent documents to the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) claiming that Farr, her then-husband, Michael Pace, and her father, Individual 1, were homebound and required full-time assistance and disability compensation. Farr’s mother, Mary Biggs, conspired with Farr to file fraudulent documents on behalf of Individual 1, and, when Farr so exaggerated Individual 1’s disabilities that the VA determined that Individual 1 could not handle his own finances, appointed Biggs as Individual 1’s fiduciary.

Angela Marie Farr was a member of the United States Navy from August 2, 2005 to April 19, 2007. On October 6, 2009, Farr received a service-connected disability rating of 70% based on fraudulent documentation she submitted, which purported that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from an incident in which she was raped by another serviceman. Farr admitted to local law enforcement to fabricating the incident. Farr also claimed to the VA that she suffered a traumatic brain injury from an on-duty car accident, which was also determined to be a fabrication. Ultimately, the VA increased Farr’s service-connected disability rating to 100% based on additional fraudulent documentation she submitted. As a result, Farr received approximately $390,000 from the VA to which she was not entitled.

Farr is also charged with stealing the identity of a physician identified in the indictment as “Doctor 1” when she submitted forged documents to the VA purportedly authored by that physician. Farr is also charged with social security fraud for fraudulently receiving $35,000 in Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for her claimed disabilities.

Michael Vincent Pace was a member of the United States Army from August 30, 2001, to February 2, 2002, and from January 4, 2005, to June 2, 2006, as well as the United States Army National Guard from May 22, 2007, to October 28, 2007. Pace and Farr were married from 2008 until they divorced on December 5, 2017. Pace was deemed to be 100% disabled by the VA, based on fraudulent medical documentation submitted to the VA. Despite claiming to be profoundly disabled, Pace also received a Caregiver Assistance stipend from the VA exceeding $2,500 per month for purportedly caring for Farr. As a result, Pace received approximately $274,000 from the VA to which he was not entitled.

Mary Francis Biggs was Farr’s mother, and the wife of Individual 1. Individual 1 was a member of the United States Navy from January 29, 1974, to January 31, 1997, and is Farr’s father. Individual 1 received a 100% service-connected disability rating by the VA based on fraudulent documentation Farr and Biggs submitted on his behalf.

On July 5, 2017, the VA determined, based on fraudulent documentation, that Individual 1 was not capable of managing his finances because of his purported disabilities, and appointed Biggs as Individual 1’s fiduciary. As such, Biggs was responsible for the receipt and expenditure of Individual 1’s fraudulently obtained VA benefits funds. As a result, Biggs and Individual 1 received approximately $156,000 in disability compensation and SMC to which they were not entitled. Biggs conspired with Farr to hide from the VA the fact that Individual 1 was capable of working, and was in fact actively employed.

Farr, Pace, and Individual 1 purported to be wheelchair-bound and to require in-home nursing to accomplish everyday tasks due to their claimed service-connected injures. However, during the period they were purportedly disabled, Farr operated a social media marketing company based in Leonardtown, Pace raised his three children and regularly exercised at a local CrossFit gym, and Individual 1 was employed as a division head at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, Maryland.

If convicted, Farr faces a mandatory minimum of 2 years in federal prison and a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison; Biggs and Pace face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended the VA-OIG and the SSA-OIG for their work in the investigation. Mr. Hur thanked Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Davio, who is prosecuting the case.

68 Responses to Three St. Mary’s County Family Members Facing Federal Charges For Stealing Over $820,000 In V.A. Benefits Fraud Scheme

  1. Anonymous on September 20, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Thoughts and prayers

    • Angry citizen on September 20, 2019 at 10:02 am

      Thoughts and prayers to who? The many Americans they defrauded of tax money? Or the children of these criminals who have such stellar examples as parents?

      • Synonymous on September 22, 2019 at 9:37 am

        They”re trolling you. That”s all they comment.

      • Slow on the uptake on September 23, 2019 at 8:22 am

        I take it you don’t read many of the articles on this site? The ‘prayers’ comment is likely sarcasm to get people (like yourself) worked up, as it has been a point of criticism for some time in posts on this site. Looks like it worked in your case.

    • Seriously? on September 20, 2019 at 10:20 am

      Who and what are you praying for exactly?
      I’m a Veteran and this sickens me. There are Veterans out there with PTSD from actual combat situations who don’t get approved for years and years. Investigate the people who reviewed all these claims. Charge them too.
      So now, on top of all the money & benefits they defrauded the government of, IF they go to jail, we will pay for that too. Unbelievable

      • G.I. Joe on September 23, 2019 at 8:06 am

        PTSD is just a bunch of bull.

        You never saw any of that BS during the real wars.

        Namby pamby moma’s boys wetting the beds after they come back home now days want special coddling.

    • I wondered when it would start. on September 23, 2019 at 7:51 am

      Another T&P IDIOT!

      You have neither thoughts OR prayers!

      You and your “club” post that BS for every article.

      WTF is your problem?

      Worst than RETARDED!

    • Common Sense on September 23, 2019 at 10:36 am

      He was being sarcastic! Chill Out!

  2. John Q. Public on September 20, 2019 at 8:28 am

    If convicted, seize and sell all their assets, so the taxpayers can recoup their loss. Thanks!

    • jarnell on September 20, 2019 at 2:53 pm

      Why ain’t Individual #1 being charged? They only charged three of the four…

      • Bunny on September 20, 2019 at 10:02 pm

        not sure but is “sounds” like they used him without him knowing. If you look it says that individual 1 was deemed unable to handle his finances so it all went to Mary Biggs to handle for him. He may not have even known.

      • Anonymous on September 22, 2019 at 6:13 am

        Individual 1 had no knowledge of what his wife and daughter and son-in-law were up to I can garuntee that just like the doctor who had his identity stolen by these criminals.

      • I'll type slow... on September 23, 2019 at 8:24 am

        Probably because Individual #1 was unaware what his spouse was doing…hence why they were not identified by name.

  3. usernametaken on September 20, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Disgusting. If these individuals are found guilty, I hope they are prosecuted to the fullest extent.

    • Stealing in the name of our vets! on September 23, 2019 at 7:53 am

      Put them ALL in jail for the maximum 10 years – NO PAROLE!

    • hey Dude on September 23, 2019 at 10:40 am

      You’re not found guilty or innocent until after you are prosecuted…

  4. Bill on September 20, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Anger and disgust.

  5. tiredofthesepeople on September 20, 2019 at 9:07 am

    These pieces of crap needs to be locked up and when released needs to pay back every single penny plus interest…………..

    • Trump2020 on September 20, 2019 at 2:57 pm

      Where are all the racially disparaging comments. I can guarantee that these folks are LILY WHITE. They always dupe the government. Pitiful and outrageous people. They ought to fry

      • Anonymous on September 21, 2019 at 10:20 am

        “Lily white”? Why are you looking for color? A crime is a crime, no matter the color. Not all white people are corrupt.Believe it or not,white people get punished too.

      • Azazel on September 21, 2019 at 7:57 pm

        Yeah minorities don’t have to dupe the government, they just stick their hand out and Uncle Sam slaps money in it.

      • Chief Gray Owl on September 22, 2019 at 9:41 am

        You just make it retard. Your Indian name Retarded Elk.

      • False Flag - You are NOT a true Trump supporter. on September 23, 2019 at 7:55 am

        Why don’t you just STFU!

        Obviously – no one CARES what their color or race is – EXCEPT YOU!

        You are a racist SOB!

      • You sound stupid on September 23, 2019 at 8:26 am

        Congratulations! You continue to keep the separation going…

    • Anonymous on September 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      tax payers lost already…can’t win ! tax payers gonna loose some more…now we got to feed,cloth,shelter them…for ever !!! no wonder whole world wants to come here !

  6. Anonymous on September 20, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Hate all you want to but at least they got one over on the corrupt and bloodthirsty system. They could have gotten away with it but greed and arrogance always lead to the downfall.

    • usernametaken on September 20, 2019 at 11:55 pm

      They haven’t gotten away with anything… yet.

    • Anonymous on September 21, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      The hell with them getting over on the “corrupt and bloodthirsty system”!!! What about the Veterans who have to fight for YEARS to get what they earned and deserve?

    • Takes one to know one on September 23, 2019 at 7:58 am

      You are truly one ignorant A-hole.

      So because they defrauded the tax payer, the VA, the government – you are complementing them?

      You are a loser just like they are.

  7. MarineVet on September 20, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Meanwhile veterans with real disabilities are getting denied daily

  8. Anonymous on September 20, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Farr was also a government employee at PAX for a few years.I’m sure she used jer fraudulent Disabled Vet status to claim the Disabled Veterans Hiring preference to obtain said job. I believe Pace may have also been a GS at Pax, but can’t remember for sure.

  9. fraudsters suck on September 20, 2019 at 10:42 am

    What is done in the dark always comes to light. All of those poor veterans with real issues and you have scum like this.

  10. Anonymous on September 20, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Biscuits and gravy

    • Anonymous on September 21, 2019 at 7:49 am

      Roy Rogers?

      • Synonymous on September 21, 2019 at 7:58 pm

        Bob Evans.

        • bob on September 24, 2019 at 2:13 am

          Roy Evans

          • Synonymous on September 25, 2019 at 6:40 pm

            Bob Rogers.

  11. Anonymous on September 20, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Sounds like ‘victim 1’ was an unknowing victim? If so, I feel bad for them.

  12. Anonymous on September 20, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    When did they go from having a career with honor and integrity to being a festering boil on the anus of society. As a person who is handicapped I take exception to anyone exploiting the system under false pretenses. I rue the day when I will no longer be able to go to work, take care of myself and family, and have to claim government benefits. These turds took money that could have been used for people who were truly handicapped. Any good they ever did in the world is now overshadowed by this one despicable act and I hope they have all their assets seized, do prison time, and have to start out with nothing when they get out. If any of them were honorably discharged their record should be changed to dishonorable discharge.

  13. Anonymous on September 20, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Mrs.Pace/Farr you should be ashamed of yourself!

  14. Thenoticer on September 20, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    So that’s how she paid for her enhancement surgery

    • Anonymous on September 20, 2019 at 11:28 pm

      The new wife got enhancements too. And it was HIS decision.

      • Know your facts on September 23, 2019 at 1:15 pm

        The new wife got a loan and had no part in this mess. Please make sure you know your facts.

      • Know your facts on September 23, 2019 at 1:22 pm

        And shame on you for bringing an innocent bystander into this.

      • Ignorance is appalling on September 23, 2019 at 7:13 pm

        And she paid for it, not The VA!

    • flunky on September 21, 2019 at 9:57 am

      I guess no more urban decay makeup, big booze parties (because the ‘base had a sale’), looking for a mobile detailer for the GMC Yukon XL, and trips to the Caribbean.

    • Oh really? on September 23, 2019 at 8:01 am

      With no photos in this article – how did you know there was such?

      Please share your juicy details.

  15. Anonymous on September 20, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Am I missing something? Individual 1 knew nothing of all this ill income and supposedly had no knowledge of the scheme? really! Put his name out there with the rest of the scum involved!

    • Seriously on September 21, 2019 at 10:03 am

      Billy Biggs is #1 a high grade civilian Division Head at Pax

    • Anonymous on September 22, 2019 at 6:03 am

      Did you read the article? Farr was appointed to oversee his finances. Her and Pace need to be hung.

  16. FMA on September 21, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Oh my these degenerates need to go to jail!

    • Wow just being honest on September 22, 2019 at 1:56 pm

      And dishonorable discharge & served honored veterans are always considered for government positions first wow this is disgusting to The Underdogs who honestly just want a sincere opportunity of these government positions at Pax River and any other government facilities or contract positions throw the book at them lock them up and lose the key

  17. Anonymous on September 21, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Individual #1 is Billy Biggs a high ranked civilian at PAC as a Division Head. Always bragging about his 100% disability rating with the government.

  18. Anonymous on September 21, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Individual 1 is Angela Farrs dad! His daughter and wife (mary biggs) couldn’t do it without his cooperation….where did he think the money was coming from?

  19. Anonymous on September 22, 2019 at 6:17 am

    It is a great possibility that the father had no knowledge of what was going on I have seen that scenario play out before.

    Disgusted
    revakasha@gmail.com

  20. Trump2020 on September 22, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    This is why most white people despise the government. This is what they do while living their affluent lifestyles with their noses in the air while stealing from us. Oh its a whole lot more of them out there

  21. Trump2020 on September 22, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    There are government contracters who steal from the government 365 days of the year. These charges are just scratching the surface. There are a whole lot of the lily whites who scorebig with a government contract

    • Azazel on September 23, 2019 at 5:10 pm

      More govt. employees steal from the govt. than contractors, and the govt. steals more from the taxpayer than both combined. By the way there are black lilies also. And the next time you’re sitting at your cushy guv job, be thankful and remember, it’s hard for lily whites to “score” govt. contracts as there is preferential treatment given to lily black and lily minority contractors. Must be lily minority privilege.
      You racist POS.

  22. Anonymous on September 23, 2019 at 9:33 am

    So Billy is not going to get charged????

  23. Local business owner on September 23, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Anglea Pace/Farr also stole businesses information and identity in the county. No surprise she was doing more. Karma comes to those that do wrong to others. Such a shame and disgrace.

  24. VetFriend on September 23, 2019 at 11:30 am

    I still do not understand how all these people get rated at 100% disability! I know vets that can barely move but can only rate at 60 or 70%!!

    • Old Man on September 24, 2019 at 10:02 am

      I have a paralyzed left foot and have been given 40% disability for it (My Back injury that caused it) and last time I went to have the nerve damage assessed they tried to take 20% back from me after receiving it for 20 years so I will never go back to them I am afraid they will take what little I have and the older I get the less my foot works and the more pain I’m in. People like this make me sick.

  25. MOMMYOFTHEYEAR on September 23, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Quite the worthless low lifes aren’t we? Who are you anyway? Are all those different last names truth? SMDH. Yeah sure – Mom, Daughter and Son-in-Law are involved in stealing YES STEALING almost $1M dollars and Daddy dear knows nothing about it?!?! C’mon people. When you go around a county as small as this and choose to start blabbing your big ass mouths and bragging about what you’ve done, did you really think you were gonna get away with it? They are disgusting white trash. Who even thinks to do something like this? Read her profile on facebook. In the military, legal counsel, owner of small business (that she STOLE from existing company)…little too good to be true! WTF – – you lie about being raped, you lie about being bound to a wheel chair, you lie about a traumatic brain injury…Oh no, I’m sorry, you just fabricated your stories. Agree that you are truly sick. Sick in the head! Best place for all of you with all these “injuries” is in a padded cell AFTER you rot in jail. And yes to the other comment – such STELLAR role models and examples of stand up citizens for your 3 kids/grand kids. They will be SO proud. You all deserve the MAX and should pay back every penny you stole and then some!

    • All ears and interested on September 28, 2019 at 10:25 am

      A business that she stole? Sure would love to hear more about that! Looks to me like she was selling free Wix sites and scamming locals.

  26. Pat on September 23, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Always bragged about her service, less then 2 yrs, and flashing her assets all the time, she will get off

  27. Anonymous on September 23, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Yes! They needed him to fake his condition so when the VA saw him, it was believed….he had to be in on it.

  28. MikeinMorganza on September 24, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    I know they were indicted, but were they arrested yet? If so, where’s the mugshots…

  29. Just say’n on September 27, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    That money should be for folks who are missing limbs or with some serious mental issues. It should not be given to people who hurt their knee at a squadron baseball game or someone who claims they have falling arches when they were born with flat feet. The games these clowns play to get free money has no bounds.