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Pennsylvania Man Charged with Social Security Fraud, Wire Fraud

March 08, 2019

Office Affiliation: The Office of Investigations

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

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Daniel Vermeychuk, 66, of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, was charged in an indictment unsealed today with four counts of wire fraud, one count of social security fraud, and one count of theft from an employee benefit fund.

According to the indictment, the defendant obtained Social Security and pension benefit funds intended for the deceased tenant of an apartment building owned by the defendant’s wife.  After the tenant’s death, the defendant continued to withdraw the benefit funds and used the money for his own purposes.  According to public records, the defendant is an attorney licensed to practice in Pennsylvania.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 90 years imprisonment, full restitution, a fine, and a period of supervised release.

“Daniel Vermeychuk is charged with conduct that, if proven at trial, stands in stark contrast to the oath he swore as an attorney – to uphold the rule of law,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain.  “Instead of entering a courtroom to represent clients before the court, his next appearances will be to answer to these charges, and if found guilty, to be held accountable for them.”

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the United States Postal Inspection Service. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Christopher E. Parisi.

An indictment, information, or criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Daniel Vermeychuk, 66, of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, was charged in an indictment unsealed today with four counts of wire fraud, one count of social security fraud, and one count of theft from an employee benefit fund.

According to the indictment, the defendant obtained Social Security and pension benefit funds intended for the deceased tenant of an apartment building owned by the defendant’s wife.  After the tenant’s death, the defendant continued to withdraw the benefit funds and used the money for his own purposes.  According to public records, the defendant is an attorney licensed to practice in Pennsylvania.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 90 years imprisonment, full restitution, a fine, and a period of supervised release.

“Daniel Vermeychuk is charged with conduct that, if proven at trial, stands in stark contrast to the oath he swore as an attorney – to uphold the rule of law,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain.  “Instead of entering a courtroom to represent clients before the court, his next appearances will be to answer to these charges, and if found guilty, to be held accountable for them.”

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the United States Postal Inspection Service. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Christopher E. Parisi.

An indictment, information, or criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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