From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Idaho:
POCATELLO – Timmy Adam Allen, 51, of Pocatello, Idaho, was sentenced today to four months in prison for Social Security fraud, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Allen to pay restitution to the Social Security Administration. Allen pleaded guilty on January 28, 2016.
According to the plea agreement, Allen admitted that in February 2012, he applied for Social Security benefits for his son and requested to be the representative payee. As part of the application, Allen falsely represented that his son lived with him. In reliance on that application and the false statement it contained, the Social Security Administration determined the son was eligible for benefits and appointed Allen as the representative payee. From on or about February 9, 2012 through on or about July 3, 2014, Allen received $21,681 in Social Security benefits for his son. Allen did not spend any of the money on his son or conserve it for his future use. Instead, Allen took the $21,681 and spent it on himself.
The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General with assistance from the Power County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney as part of a partnership venture between the Social Security Administration Office of General Counsel and the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute Social Security fraud.