Tennessee Man Sentenced to Prison for Social Security Fraud

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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Read the entire press release from the DOJ's USAO's Eastern District of Tennessee here

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Randall Michael Lawson, 58, of Limestone, Tenn., was sentenced on Nov. 6, 2013, to serve 216 months in prison, followed by lifetime of supervised release, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge. Lawson was also ordered to pay restitution to the Social Security Administration in the amount of $10,784.16; forfeit two firearms, and pay a $3 million judgment to the United States. 

Lawson pleaded guilty in August 2012 to a federal indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana; conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; conspiracy to commit money laundering; social security fraud; and, being a felon in possession of firearms. 

Lawson admitted to conspiring to distribute approximately 14,400 pounds, or 6,545 kilograms, of marijuana and 24 kilograms of cocaine between December 2002 and December 2010. Additionally, in a related case, Lawson was convicted in North Carolina of possessing two firearms after having been convicted of a prior felony offense. 

As a result of this investigation, several other individuals have been convicted and sentenced for their involvement in the drug conspiracies.

The indictment and subsequent conviction of Light and other co-conspirators was the result of a three year investigation conducted by the Hawkins County Tennessee Sheriff’s Department, Sullivan County Tennessee Sheriff’s Department, Greene County Tennessee Sheriff’s Department, Second Judicial Drug Task Force, Kingsport, Tennessee, Police Department, Third Judicial Drug Task Force, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Social Security Administration, and Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Caryn L. Hebets represented the United States.