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Pennsylvania Man Charged with $67,000 Social Security Fraud

August 04, 2016

Office Affiliation: The Office of Investigations

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

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a federal grand jury in Harrisburg has indicted a Steelton man on criminal charges of fraudulently obtaining Social Security benefits.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Mohammed Rizk, age 53, Steelton, was charged with theft and Social Security fraud. The charges stem from Rizk obtaining approximately $67,000 in benefits under the Social Security Administration’s Retirement and Survivor’s Insurance (RSI) Program between 2014 and 2016 by falsely representing that the minor children of his deceased spouse were living with him when in fact they were living elsewhere. Allegedly, Rizk, as representative payee, took the funds that the children were entitled to and converted them to his own use.  The government is also seeking forfeiture of the funds obtained through the fraud.

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General and the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William A. Behe.  Rizk is also facing related charges brought against him by the District Attorney’s Office for insurance fraud.

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a federal grand jury in Harrisburg has indicted a Steelton man on criminal charges of fraudulently obtaining Social Security benefits.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Mohammed Rizk, age 53, Steelton, was charged with theft and Social Security fraud. The charges stem from Rizk obtaining approximately $67,000 in benefits under the Social Security Administration’s Retirement and Survivor’s Insurance (RSI) Program between 2014 and 2016 by falsely representing that the minor children of his deceased spouse were living with him when in fact they were living elsewhere. Allegedly, Rizk, as representative payee, took the funds that the children were entitled to and converted them to his own use.  The government is also seeking forfeiture of the funds obtained through the fraud.

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General and the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William A. Behe.  Rizk is also facing related charges brought against him by the District Attorney’s Office for insurance fraud.

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