TRENTON, N.J. – A West Orange, N.J., woman who defrauded an elderly victim of almost $100,000 – by taking the victim’s Social Security payments and secretly applying for a reverse mortgage on the victim’s home – admitted her crimes today in Trenton federal court, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
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United States Attorney James L. Santelle, of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on September 23, 2013, James Allen Mereness (age: 57) of New London, Wisconsin was sentenced to 10 months in a federal prison by Chief United States District Judge William C. Griesbach. Mereness had previously pled guilty to a single count of Social Security Fraud.
United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Buddy Estelle, 52, of New Iberia, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Hanna to taking more than $86,000 in Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits to which he was not entitled.
According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Estelle started receiving SSA disability payments in 1984. While attending a routine meeting concerning his benefit eligibility on Feb. 8, 2011, he told SSA staff members at the New Iberia office that he had not worked since 2000.
A Cleveland woman was sentenced to 16 months in prison for the theft of more than $41,000 in government benefits, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
India N. Parker, 37, will serve her federal sentence after serving a sentence in state prison related to offenses against a human corpse, tampering with evidence and criminal mischief.
Parker pleaded guilty earlier this year in U.S. District Court to two counts of theft of government property and five counts of making false statements.
Good afternoon Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Becerra, and Members of the Subcommittee. Thank you for the invitation to testify today about our ongoing disability fraud operation in Puerto Rico.
TRENTON — A man doing 30 years at Trenton’s state prison pleaded guilty Monday to illegally collecting $27,000 from Social Security over five years using his father’s information, but not his permission.
Dressed in prison khaki, 45-year-old Felix Lebron, admitted before Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mark Fleming that he got the feds to send him about $500 a month at the prison address, which is PO Box 861, Trenton, N.J.
A federal judge has ordered a Billings woman to prison for spending about $80,000 in Social Security benefits to support her drug habit instead of her son.
Senior U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon sentenced Renee Rachelle Voorhis, 28, on Monday in Helena to 18 months in prison and ordered her to pay $80,185 restitution.
Voorhis, also known as Renee Voorhis Edgerley, pleaded guilty in May to Social Security fraud for illegally receiving $82,730 from November 2005 until January 2012.
A woman received six months in prison Monday for collecting her late grandmother's Social Security benefits for more than a decade, according to federal prosecutors.
Yvette A. Disnew, 48, of Newport News pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in May to stealing more than $152,000 from the government.
According to court documents, Disnew's 87-year-old grandmother, Carrie Lee Mason, died April 12, 1999. Disnew never informed the Social Security Administration.
While conducting our audit of Supplemental Security Income Recipients with Automated Teller Machine Withdrawals Outside the United States, we identified bank statements that contained deposit amounts that appeared to exceed the allowable income/resource limits. The sample we used consisted of SSI recipients born outside the United States.