Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries
PORTLAND, Maine — A native of Antigua pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to myriad counts that stemmed from his false claim to be a U.S. citizen.
Besouro Abdul Zagon, 52, aka Donald Benjamin, pleaded guilty to seven charges including aggravated identity theft, passport fraud and theft of student aid, health care benefits and nutrition assistance.
By pleading guilty, Zagon admitted receiving more than $120,000 in federal aid illegally.
In three months, a south Fort Myers woman will learn her fate after admitting she cashed her deceased mother’s Social Security checks and concealed her death from authorities.
The maximum prison sentence Gail Andrews could receive is 15 years, according to court documents, along with a fine of not more than $250,000 for each of her two counts. The 62-year-old Andrews pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to cashing $73,715.70 of her mother’s Social Security checks.
A 50-year-old woman from southern Minnesota recently pleaded guilty to stealing more than $45,000 in Social Security benefits. The woman admitted that she made a false statement to SSA to determine if she was eligible to receive SSI benefits on behalf of her two disabled sons; she failed to disclose her then-husband was living with her and was earning wages.
A Florida man pled guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. The man faces a maximum sentence of not less than 2 years and not more than 22 years, and fines of up to $500,000.
A Bergen County, N.J., man who admitted to testifying falsely under oath to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New Jersey and to misusing a Social Security number that was not assigned to him was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison.
A Cottage Grove woman was ordered to serve 18 months in prison for the 26-year theft of her missing father’s retirement benefits. Martha B. McRae, 63, appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Michael R. Hogan today and was also ordered to pay approximately $850,000 in restitution to the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS).