Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries

Former California Woman Pleads Guilty to $148,000 Deceased Payee Fraud

Monday, November 3, 2014

From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California:

FRESNO, Calif. — Rosaura M. Tinajero, 57, of Omaha, Nebraska, formerly of Wasco, California, pleaded guilty today to theft of Social Security benefits, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today.

Mon, 11/03/2014

Massachusetts Man Pleads Guilty to Deceased Payee Fraud

Thursday, October 30, 2014

From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts:

BOSTON – A Manchester man pleaded guilty today to stealing more than $160,000 in government benefits.

Charles Gerbutavich, 70, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Rya W. Zobel to theft of public money. In October 2014, Gerbutavich was charged in a felony information. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 3, 2015.

Thu, 10/30/2014

Georgia Man Sentenced to Prison for Social Security Disability Fraud

Friday, October 24, 2014

From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Georgia:

Brunswick, GA: Jerry Barnett, 64, of Brunswick, Georgia, was sentenced this week by United States District Court Chief Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to serve 5 months in prison and 5 months’ house arrest, to repay $82,864 in stolen proceeds, and to forfeit an additional $75,000 after earlier pleading guilty to stealing just over $82,000 in Social Security and Medicare benefits.

Fri, 10/24/2014

Pennsylvania Woman Sentenced for $520,000 Deceased Payee Fraud

Monday, October 27, 2014

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A 71-year-old Carlisle, Pa. woman who kept collecting her dead mother's Social Security checks for 30 years was sentenced by a federal judge Monday to two years of house arrest, plus three years on probation.

Susan Stock also was ordered by U.S. Middle District Senior Judge William W. Caldwell to repay $523,623 to the Social Security Administration.

Mon, 10/27/2014

Texas Woman Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Stealing Deceased Father's Social Security Benefits

Monday, October 20, 2014

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

In Pecos on Friday, United States District Judge Robert A. Junell sentenced a 49-year-old Terlingua, TX, woman to the statutory maximum of 10 years in federal prison for stealing over $245,000 in Social Security benefits paid to her deceased father, announced Robert Pitman, United States Attorney.

Mon, 10/20/2014