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New York Man Sentenced for $134,000 Deceased Payee Fraud

July 07, 2016

Office Affiliation: The Office of Investigations

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 Kevin Quinn, of Lancaster, NY, who was convicted of theft of Social Security retirement benefits, was sentenced to three years probation to include 12 months of home incarceration by U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The defendant was also ordered to pay $134,213 in restitution to the Social Security Administration.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, who handled the case, stated that the defendant failed to notify the Social Security Administration of his father’s death in 1996 as well as his mother’s death in 1998.  As a result, Social Security checks continued to be issued and deposited into a joint savings account in the name of Quinn’s parents. The defendant used the ATM card for the account, withdrew money, and spent it. Quinn stole a total of $134,213 between March 18, 1996 and March 3, 2014.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Social Security Administration, the Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge John Grasso.

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Kevin Quinn, of Lancaster, NY, who was convicted of theft of Social Security retirement benefits, was sentenced to three years probation to include 12 months of home incarceration by U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The defendant was also ordered to pay $134,213 in restitution to the Social Security Administration.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, who handled the case, stated that the defendant failed to notify the Social Security Administration of his father’s death in 1996 as well as his mother’s death in 1998.  As a result, Social Security checks continued to be issued and deposited into a joint savings account in the name of Quinn’s parents. The defendant used the ATM card for the account, withdrew money, and spent it. Quinn stole a total of $134,213 between March 18, 1996 and March 3, 2014.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Social Security Administration, the Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge John Grasso.

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