Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries
United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced that Robert M. Vivas pled guilty before Senior United States District Judge Lawrence E. Kahn to one felony count of failing to disclose information affecting the right to continued receipt of Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits that he received on behalf of his minor son. Vivas now faces a maximum sentence of up to five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, plus mandatory restitution to the Social Security Administration.
Roman Ceniceros Mora, also known as Joseph Anderson Evans Shippentower, age 61, of Yakima, Washington, was sentenced to 96 months imprisonment for federal fraud and immigration charges. A jury in Yakima, Washington, previously found Ceniceros Mora guilty of 42 counts of fraud related to the unlawful acquisition of supplemental security income (SSI) and food stamps, a false claim of United States citizenship, and making a false statement in application for a United States passport. A separate jury convicted Ceniceros Mora of being an alien in the United States after deportation.
A now-retired 68-year-old school aide must pay almost $220,000 restitution after admitting she illegally obtained disability benefits from the Social Security Administration over 37 years.
Hubert B. Aguirre Sr., 57, of Parker, pled guilty on Nov. 29 to making a false statement under oath in relation to a bankruptcy case, U.S. Attorney John F. Walsh, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Sean P. Sowards, and Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Wilbert M. Craig announced.
A South Paris, Maine couple was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to five years of probation for fraudulently receiving more than $119,000 in government benefits.
William Stella, 58, and Linda Stella, 68, waived indictment and pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to defraud the government between October 2002 and December 2008.
U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby ordered the Stellas repay the federal government the money the couple received in Social Security benefits and housing and nutritional assistance.
Our objective was to determine whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) had adequate controls to ensure Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) benefits that had been withheld pending a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) windfall offset determination were paid accurately and timely.