Florida Man Pleads Not Guilty to Defrauding SSA and VA

Monday, June 3, 2013
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The longtime treasurer of Pace Fire Rescue pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges alleging that he defrauded the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Tony Gene Broxton Jr., 54, was indicted May 22 for allegedly receiving more than $200,000 worth of federal benefits between 2008 and this year because he told both agencies that he did not have a paying job.

In fact, Broxton had worked for the Pace fire department for about 15 years and left there earlier this year, Fire Chief Donnie Wadkins said.

Broxton also told investigators that his wife worked for the fire department, which was not true, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

He was arraigned on two counts of theft and two counts of making a false statement and was booked and released on Wednesday.

His trial is set for July 8, and he faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.