Virginia Man Sentenced for Concealing Grandmother's Death to Collect Her Social Security Benefits

Date: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia:

 

Lynchburg, VIRGINIA – Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced the sentencing of a Vinton man who previously pled guilty to stealing funds from the Social Security Administration.

 

Robert Wozniak, 48, of Vinton, Va., previously pled guilty to one count of theft of government property and one count Social Security fraud. Today in District Court, Wozniak was sentenced to time served and two years of supervised released. In addition, Wozniak was ordered to pay $16,500 in restitution and a $200 special assessment.

 

According to evidence presented in court by Assistant United States Attorney Charlene R. Day, Wozniak admitted previously that from July 2015 through April 2016 he stole Social Security Administration funds, namely retirement benefit payments, intended for Wozniak’s deceased grandmother, for which he was not entitled. The indictment specifically claims that Wozniak intentionally concealed his grandmother’s death in order to continue to receive and spend the retirement benefit payments made by the Social Security Admiration to his grandmother.

 

The defendant admitted that he concealed the body of his dead grandmother, Betty Wozniak in a freezer and later a barrel for months after she died in order to continue receiving her Social Security payments. Investigators discovered the body after Wozniak’s landlord became suspicious about the barrel and a hole she noticed in the property Robert Wozniak was renting from her.

 

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Social Security Administration, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Veteran Affairs, Office of the Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Charlene R. Day will prosecute the case for the United States.