Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries
From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland:
Greenbelt, Maryland – Thomas Jefferson Kirby, Jr., 50, of Burtonsville, Maryland pleaded guilty today to theft of government property.
Press Release from the Office of the Welfare Inspector General here
New York State Acting Welfare Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott and Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced the arrest of a Queens man who was charged with defrauding federal, state and city government agencies of more than $581,000 in welfare benefits from 1994 to 2013. He allegedly did so by impersonating his twin brother, who died in 1962 shortly after his birth.
From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas:
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Guatemozin Garcia, 59, of Alice, has pleaded guilty to fraudulently receiving Social Security disability benefits, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
SSA administers the Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance program under Title II of the Social Security Act. The program provides monthly benefits to retired or disabled workers and their families and to survivors of deceased workers.
Article from the New York Times here
A former New York City police officer accused of playing a major role in a scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration pleaded guilty on Wednesday and agreed to testify against his co-defendants.
Prosecutors said that the former officer, Joseph Esposito, was one of four people who concocted a scheme that bilked the federal government out of more than $27 million.
From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Rhode Island:
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Henry A. Fellela, Jr., 56, of Johnston, was sentenced today to 48 months in federal prison for making nearly $83,000 in purchases with the use of stolen credit cards belonging to 17 individuals and fraudulently collecting more than $58,000 in Supplemental Security Income benefits by falsely claiming that he had no permanent home address while living with his wife and children in their Johnston residence.
Press Release for the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts, here
BOSTON - A Shrewsbury man was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Worcester today for taking $57,948 in Social Security payments to which he was not entitled.