Louisiana Man Sentenced to 12 Months in Prison for Social Security Disability Fraud

Date: 
Friday, June 23, 2017
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana:

 

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans, announced that CLINT A. SCHWAB, age 42, of Thibodaux, was sentenced yesterday after previously pleading guilty to theft of Social Security disability benefits.

 

U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon sentenced SCHWAB to 12 months and a day of imprisonment, to be followed by one year of supervised release. SCHWAB was also ordered to pay restitution to the Social Security Administration in the amount of $165,413.

 

According to court documents, SCHWAB began receiving Social Security disability benefits in 1998. In or around 2008, SCHWAB returned to work, but did not inform the Social Security Administration as required by law. In January 2016, SCHWAB was interviewed by the Social Security Administration and falsely informed the agency that he had never worked as a disabled claimant. However, SCHWAB failed to inform the administration that he was working while also receiving monthly disability payments. From 2008 until early 2016, SCHWAB collected Social Security disability payments to which he was not entitled.

 

Acting U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Richard R. Pickens, II was in charge of the prosecution.