Texas Man Pleads Guilty to $100,000 Social Security Disability Fraud

Thursday, October 12, 2017
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana:


SHREVEPORT, La. – Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a Texas man pleaded guilty Wednesday to not reporting more than $100,000 of income he received while on disability.


Jon Halbrook, 59, of Hemphill, Texas, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to one count of theft of government property. According to the guilty plea, Halbrook began receiving Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits in 2003, but it was later learned that Halbrook had been working from June 2012 to June 2016 at a Many, La., company. Halbrook did not report to the SSA as required by law that he was working during that time period and illegally received $101,616 in disability payments to which he was not entitled.


Halbrook faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.  The court set a sentencing date of February 22, 2018.


The Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tennille M. Gilreath is prosecuting the case.