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Idaho Man Pleads Guilty to Social Security Fraud

Date: 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Press Release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Idaho, here

BOISE – Jose Louis Fernandez, 44, of Caldwell, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in federal court to one count of Social Security Fraud by Concealment of Material Facts, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Sentencing is set before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise on September 4, 2014.

Date: 
Wed, 06/25/2014

Florida Resident Convicted in Social Security Theft Scheme

Date: 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Thomas Caul, Special Agent in Charge, Social Security Administration (SSA), Office of Inspector General, announce that Diana Cunningham, 56, of Pembroke Pines, pled guilty to two counts of theft of government funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641. The defendant faces up to ten years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and restitution as to each count. The defendant’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 2, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Date: 
Tue, 06/24/2014

Buffalo Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security Theft

Date: 
Thursday, June 19, 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 Bernice Robinson, 79, of Buffalo, N.Y., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio to theft of public money. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.

Date: 
Thu, 06/19/2014

Texas Man Charged with Stealing Deceased Benefits for More Than a Decade

Date: 
Monday, June 16, 2014

 Press Release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas, here

GALVESTON, Texas – John Stephen Davis, 64, of Galveston, has been charged with theft of nearly $400,000 in federal government benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Date: 
Mon, 06/16/2014

Georgia Woman Pleads Guilty to $195,000 Social Security Theft

Date: 
Monday, June 9, 2014

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

ATLANTA - Jennifer Wynn has pleaded guilty to charges that she stole nearly $200,000 from the federal government by illegally receiving and spending her mother-in-law's Social Security benefits for nearly 20 years after her mother-in-law's death. 

Date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014

Mississippi Woman Convicted of Stealing Widow's Benefits

Date: 
Monday, June 2, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A South Mississippi jury has convicted a Kiln woman on a theft charge involving about $75,000 in widow's survivor benefits originally awarded to her mother.

The Sun Herald reports Virginia Edelman was found guilty Tuesday at trial in U.S. District Court.

The jury believed testimony that Edelman's mother is dead but Edelman has used the government money, deposited in their joint account, for more than 11 years.

She remains free on bond pending sentencing.

Date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014

Spousal Beneficiaries Whose Government Pension Offset Has Stopped

Date: 
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Government Pension Offset (GPO) provision reduces monthly benefits for spouses, divorced spouses, and surviving spouses who receive a pension based on their own work for a Federal, State, or local government that was not covered by Social Security. The GPO reduction is generally equal to two-thirds of the government pension.

Date: 
Tue, 05/27/2014

Coordinated Effort Results in Multiple Charges Against Jordanian National and Family Members

Date: 
Friday, May 23, 2014

 Press Release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas, here

HOUSTON - A combined federal, state and local investigation has led to the arrest of three Jordanian nationals on federal fraud charges, one of whom is also charged in state district court with murder. 

Date: 
Fri, 05/23/2014

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