Robert Frese, 57, of Exeter, pleaded guilty in New Hampshire's U.S. District Court to Social Security fraud, according to U.S. Attorney John P. Kacavas. Frese is facing a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 5.
While Frese was receiving Supplemental Security Income benefits in April 2004, he received a substantial inheritance from the estate of a deceased family member, affecting his continued eligibility for benefits. Thereafter, Frese concealed his receipt of the inheritance by providing false information about his financial resources in documents he periodically submitted to SSA and in personal conversations he had with SSA employees, Kacavas said.
Frese fraudulently received SSI benefits totaling $62,134 from the Social Security Administration, which provides Supplemental Security Income to people with physical or mental disabilities whose financial resources (excluding their homes, cars and other essential items) do not exceed $2,500 for a single person or $3,500 for a married person, Kacavas said. All recipients of SSI benefits are required to notify SSA when certain events occur that could affect their eligibility for the benefits, or the amount of the benefit that is paid to him.
The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Kinsella.