Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries

New York Man Indicted on Charges of Supplemental Security Income Fraud

Date: 
Monday, September 15, 2014

From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York:

BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., announced today that a federal grand jury has indicted Ari Elias Baum, 30, of Buffalo, N.Y., on charges of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits fraud, theft of government property, and making a material false statement. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014

New York Man Impersonates Deceased Twin Brother to Fraudulenty Collect Benefits

Date: 
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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. 

Date: 
Tue, 09/09/2014

Texas Grave Digger Pleads Guilty to $150,000 Social Security Disability Fraud

Date: 
Thursday, August 28, 2014

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.

Date: 
Thu, 08/28/2014

Payment Accuracy of Dually Entitled Title II Beneficiaries

Date: 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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.

Date: 
Wed, 08/27/2014

Former NYC Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Major Role in Widespread Disability Fraud Scheme

Date: 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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.

Date: 
Wed, 08/27/2014

Rhode Island Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Credit Card Theft and Social Security Fraud

Date: 
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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.

Date: 
Tue, 08/26/2014

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