Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries

California Psychologist Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Tax Evasion, Social Security Disability Fraud

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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

OAKLAND – Hugh Leslie Baras was sentenced today to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $593,513 to the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration for tax evasion and theft of government property, United States Attorney Melinda Haag, and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge José M. Martinez announced.

Thu, 07/31/2014

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