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Texas Man Pleads Guilty to $82,000 Social Security Fraud

February 24, 2016

Office Affiliation: The Office of Investigations

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Dannelly Labogin, 68, of Amarillo, Texas, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to defrauding the Social Security Administration (SSA) of Social Security Child’s Insurance Benefits.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Labogin will be required to pay $82,483 in restitution to the SSA.

Labogin was charged in a two-count indictment on Sept. 22, 2015.  Count 1 of the indictment alleged that between June 2007 and Nov. 2013, Labogin executed a scheme to defraud SSA by continuing to receive benefits on his daughter’s behalf even though the child had been adopted by others and was no longer in his care.  As a result of this scheme, Labogin fraudulently received an aggregate of $82,483.  Counts 2 through 36 of the indictment alleged that Labogin knowingly stole and embezzled an aggregate of $26,633 in Social Security Child’s Insurance Benefit payments from SSA between Oct. 1, 2010 and Dec. 3, 2013.  Labogin was arrested in Amarillo on Dec. 4, 2015, and was transferred to the District of New Mexico on Jan. 5, 2016, to face the charges against him. 

During today’s plea hearing, Labogin pled guilty to Count 1 of the indictment.  In entering the guilty plea, Labogin admitted that from June 2007 through Nov. 2013, he received Child’s Insurance Benefits from SSA on behalf of his biological daughter even though he did not have custody of his biological daughter at the time he applied for and received the benefits.

At sentencing, Labogin faces a statutory maximum penalty of five years in prison.  The sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled. 

This case was investigated by the SSA, Office of the Inspector General, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark A. Saltman of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.

ALBUQUERQUE – Dannelly Labogin, 68, of Amarillo, Texas, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to defrauding the Social Security Administration (SSA) of Social Security Child’s Insurance Benefits.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Labogin will be required to pay $82,483 in restitution to the SSA.

Labogin was charged in a two-count indictment on Sept. 22, 2015.  Count 1 of the indictment alleged that between June 2007 and Nov. 2013, Labogin executed a scheme to defraud SSA by continuing to receive benefits on his daughter’s behalf even though the child had been adopted by others and was no longer in his care.  As a result of this scheme, Labogin fraudulently received an aggregate of $82,483.  Counts 2 through 36 of the indictment alleged that Labogin knowingly stole and embezzled an aggregate of $26,633 in Social Security Child’s Insurance Benefit payments from SSA between Oct. 1, 2010 and Dec. 3, 2013.  Labogin was arrested in Amarillo on Dec. 4, 2015, and was transferred to the District of New Mexico on Jan. 5, 2016, to face the charges against him. 

During today’s plea hearing, Labogin pled guilty to Count 1 of the indictment.  In entering the guilty plea, Labogin admitted that from June 2007 through Nov. 2013, he received Child’s Insurance Benefits from SSA on behalf of his biological daughter even though he did not have custody of his biological daughter at the time he applied for and received the benefits.

At sentencing, Labogin faces a statutory maximum penalty of five years in prison.  The sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled. 

This case was investigated by the SSA, Office of the Inspector General, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark A. Saltman of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.

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