Social Security and Disability Law

Bozeman Man Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Social Security Benefits While Acting as a Fiduciary

October 31, 2022

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Montana: MISSOULA — A Bozeman man who admitted to stealing more than $57,000 in government benefits from an elderly relative for whom he was the fiduciary was sentenced today to six months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $57,329…

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Lexington Park Woman Sentenced To 30 Months In Federal Prison For Obtaining Over $1 Million In Fraudulent Disability Benefits

October 28, 2022

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland: Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced Angela Marie Farr, age 36, of Lexington Park, Maryland, yesterday to 30 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit theft of government property and for theft of government property, in…

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St. Lucia Citizen Who Lived in the U.S. under a Stolen Identity for 20 Years Sentenced

October 26, 2022

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Connecticut: Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ADRIAN JOSEPH, 55, a citizen of St. Lucia last residing in Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam in Bridgeport to approximately nine months of imprisonment, time already served,…

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Final Defendant Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Defrauding the Social Security Administration

October 25, 2022

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Darron Dimitri Ross, 36, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced today to six years in prison and $696,912 in restitution for conspiracy to defraud the United States, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. “Ross and his co-defendants…

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Otsego County Man Sentenced to Approximately 7 Months’ Imprisonment for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

October 24, 2022

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of New York: SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Michael Hawkins, age 60, of Maryland, New York was sentenced today to just short of seven months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release for failing to register as a sex offender as required by the Sex Offender…

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IG Warning: Offers to Increase Your Social Security Benefit Are from Criminals

October 20, 2022

For Immediate Release Download a PDF of Scam Alert That unexpected offer from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to activate a benefit increase is from a criminal and not the real SSA. Do not share personal or financial information. Do not click on links or respond. Report suspected scams to oig.ssa.gov/report. Criminals continue to impersonate…

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Real Estate Agent and Her Husband Sentenced for Fraud Using Stolen Personal Identifying Information

October 19, 2022

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia: ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Merrifield couple was sentenced today for stealing at least nine people’s identities and using the stolen personal identifying information (PII) to fraudulently buy a luxury vehicle, lease high-end residences, and obtain loans and credit. According to court documents, Caprice Foster, 51, and…

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Kanawha County Woman Ordered to Pay Restitution for Social Security Fraud

October 17, 2022

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of West Virginia:, CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Melissa Waller, 45, of St. Albans, was ordered today to pay $84,509 in restitution and sentenced to probation for five years, with the first year to be served on home detention, for theft of government benefits. According to court documents and statements…

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COVID-19 Closures of Social Security Offices Impact Those Most in Need of Services

October 14, 2022
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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2022 – The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a wide range of closures and restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. Of course, government offices were not immune from these effects, including Social Security offices. However, according to a recent report, those who have been…

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Out of State Group Charged in $11M Indian Call Center Fraud Ring

October 13, 2022

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas: HOUSTON – Three individuals have been charged for their roles in a multi-year fraud and money laundering conspiracy involving call centers, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Amirsinh Diwan, 42, Des Plaines, Illinois, is expected to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Yvonne Y. Ho at 1:30…

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