Philadelphia Man Charged with $148,000 Deceased Payee Fraud

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania:

John Robinson, 53, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was charged by Indictment with three counts of wire fraud, one count of theft of government funds, and one count of Social Security fraud, announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen.  According to the Indictment, the defendant received retirement benefits intended for another person after that person’s death in October 1999.  The defendant’s alleged actions resulted in a loss to the government of approximately $148,526.           

If convicted, the defendant faces a term of imprisonment, a 3‑year period of supervised release, restitution to the government of $148,526, a $1,250,000 fine, and a $500 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Christopher E. Parisi.