Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Maine Man Pleads Guilty to Deceased Payee Fraud

January 07, 2016

Office Affiliation: The Office of Investigations

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maine:

Portland, Maine - United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Robert Caton, 72, of Arrowsic, Maine, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to Social Security Fraud.

According to court documents, Caton’s mother received Retirement and Survivors Benefits (RSI) following the death of her husband.  When Caton’s mother died in September 2000, the RSI benefits continued to be deposited into Caton’s and his mother’s joint bank account.  Caton did not notify the Social Security Administration that his mother’s RSI benefits continued to be deposited into their joint account following his mother’s death.  The excess RSI payments continued uninterrupted for 14 years, with the last payment occurring in September 2014.  Excess RSI payments to Caton’s joint account totaled $162,786.  Caton used these funds to pay his own personal bills and expenses, spending all but approximately $15,000. 

Caton faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  He will be sentenced after completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. 

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General.

Portland, Maine - United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Robert Caton, 72, of Arrowsic, Maine, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to Social Security Fraud.

According to court documents, Caton’s mother received Retirement and Survivors Benefits (RSI) following the death of her husband.  When Caton’s mother died in September 2000, the RSI benefits continued to be deposited into Caton’s and his mother’s joint bank account.  Caton did not notify the Social Security Administration that his mother’s RSI benefits continued to be deposited into their joint account following his mother’s death.  The excess RSI payments continued uninterrupted for 14 years, with the last payment occurring in September 2014.  Excess RSI payments to Caton’s joint account totaled $162,786.  Caton used these funds to pay his own personal bills and expenses, spending all but approximately $15,000. 

Caton faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  He will be sentenced after completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. 

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General.

Looking for U.S. government information and services?
Visit USA.gov