Social Security

Massachusetts News: Dominican National, Luis Alberto Fernandez Fernandez Sentenced For Social Security Fraud

BOSTON, Ms. – A Dominican national was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for Social Security fraud. Luis Alberto Fernandez Fernandez, 28, a Dominican national residing in Salem with legal permanent resident status, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to time served (12 days) and one year of supervised release. … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Dominican National, Luis Alberto Fernandez Fernandez Sentenced For Social Security Fraud

New Jersey News: CAMDEN, Nicholas Pao, Social Security Administration Employee Admits Falsifying Records And Stealing Social Security Benefits

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Social Security Administration employee today admitted unlawfully accessing the Social Security accounts of individuals and falsifying their records in order to steal funds for his own use, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Nicholas Pao, 37, of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in … Continue reading New Jersey News: CAMDEN, Nicholas Pao, Social Security Administration Employee Admits Falsifying Records And Stealing Social Security Benefits

Iowa News: Council Bluffs Woman, Jamie Lynn Opalia Sentenced to Prison for Social Security Fraud

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa– On February 19, 2019, United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced Jamie Lynn Opalia, age 37, of Council Bluffs, to three months in prison for Social Security Representative Payee fraud, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Opalia was ordered to serve three years of supervised release following her prison … Continue reading Iowa News: Council Bluffs Woman, Jamie Lynn Opalia Sentenced to Prison for Social Security Fraud

Ohio News: Parma man, David Fievet sentenced to more than two years in prison for making false statements in order to collect $47,000 in Social Security funds

Parma, Ohio – A Parma man was sentenced to more than two years in prison for making false statements in order to collect $47,000 in Social Security funds. David Fievet, 53, was sentenced to 28 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States, theft … Continue reading Ohio News: Parma man, David Fievet sentenced to more than two years in prison for making false statements in order to collect $47,000 in Social Security funds

LOUISIANA News: Bogalusa Church Pastor, JERRY R. NEWTON Sentenced for Theft of Over $90,000 in Social Security Disability Funds

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced yesterday that JERRY R. NEWTON, age 54 of Slidell, Louisiana was sentenced after pleading guilty to a one count Bill of Information charging Theft of Government Funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641. According to documents filed in court, NEWTON applied … Continue reading LOUISIANA News: Bogalusa Church Pastor, JERRY R. NEWTON Sentenced for Theft of Over $90,000 in Social Security Disability Funds

LOUISIANA News: Nicaraguan Man, ROLANDO ANTONIO JARQUIN-OROZCO Charged With Illegal Use of a Social Security Number in Obtaining Louisiana Id Card

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – ROLANDO ANTONIO JARQUIN-OROZCO, age 31, a citizen of Nicaragua was charged Friday, November 30, 2018 in a one-count indictment for illegal use of a Social Security number in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B). JARQUIN-OROZCO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than five (5) years, … Continue reading LOUISIANA News: Nicaraguan Man, ROLANDO ANTONIO JARQUIN-OROZCO Charged With Illegal Use of a Social Security Number in Obtaining Louisiana Id Card

Iowa News: Illegal Alien, Luis Gonzalez Esparsa Convicted of Using Another Person’s Social Security Number and Fraudulent “Green Card” to Get a Job

Cedar Rapids, Ia. – A Mexican man who used another person’s social security number and a fraudulent “green card” to get a job was convicted by a jury on November 28, 2018, after a one-day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Luis Gonzalez-Esparsa, age 45, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United … Continue reading Iowa News: Illegal Alien, Luis Gonzalez Esparsa Convicted of Using Another Person’s Social Security Number and Fraudulent “Green Card” to Get a Job

Pennsylvania News: McKeesport Woman, Kristin Lucas Sentenced for Defrauding Social Security

PITTSBURGH, PA – A McKeesport, Pennsylvania resident has been sentenced in federal court to five years of probation, together with four months of home detention, and restitution of $19,289.00 on her conviction relating to Social Security fraud, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: McKeesport Woman, Kristin Lucas Sentenced for Defrauding Social Security

Pennsylvania News: Butler County Woman, Pattie Lou Smith Charged with Theft of Social Security Funds

PITTSBURGH, PA – A Butler County resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges relating to theft of Social Security funds, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The two-count Indictment, returned on Nov. 27, named Pattie Lou Smith, 56, of Connoquenessing, as the sole defendant. According to the … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: Butler County Woman, Pattie Lou Smith Charged with Theft of Social Security Funds

Massachusetts News: Medford Woman, Stephanie DiPierro Pleads Guilty to Social Security, Medicare, MassHealth and Food Stamp Fraud

Defendant stole over $100,000 in public assistance benefits BOSTON. Ms. – A Medford woman pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to fraudulently receiving Social Security disability benefits, Medicare, MassHealth and Food Stamps. Stephanie DiPierro, 38, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft of public funds, two counts of making false statements, and one … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Medford Woman, Stephanie DiPierro Pleads Guilty to Social Security, Medicare, MassHealth and Food Stamp Fraud

Massachusetts News: Georgia Man, Fabrizio I. Pluchino Charged with Social Security and Wire Fraud

Defendant hired as cardiac surgical technologist after allegedly falsifying employment documents, work history, references BOSTON, Ms. – A Georgia man will appear in federal court in Springfield today to face charges connected with his submission of a fraudulent application for employment at a Western Massachusetts hospital. Fabrizio I. Pluchino, a/k/a “Fabrizio Pulchino,” 55, of Atlanta, … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Georgia Man, Fabrizio I. Pluchino Charged with Social Security and Wire Fraud

Vermont News: Debra Bluto Pleads Not Guilty To Social Security Fraud

Vermont – The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Debra Bluto, 64, of St. Albans Bay, pleaded not guilty today in United States District Court in Burlington to charges that she defrauded the Social Security Administration. U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy released Bluto on conditions pending trial, which has not … Continue reading Vermont News: Debra Bluto Pleads Not Guilty To Social Security Fraud

Connecticut News: Alleged Kidnapper, ALLAN MANN, JR. Charged with Making False Statements to Hide Identity and Receive Federal Benefits

Connecticut – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven returned a seven-count indictment today charging ALLAN MANN, JR., also known as “Hailee Randolph DeSouza” and Hailey R. DeSouza,” 66, with false statement offenses related to his living in the U.S. under an … Continue reading Connecticut News: Alleged Kidnapper, ALLAN MANN, JR. Charged with Making False Statements to Hide Identity and Receive Federal Benefits

Pennsylvania News: Carmichaels Woman, Cindy Hancheck Sentenced for Defrauding Social Security Administration

PITTSBURGH, PA – A Greene County resident has been sentenced in federal court to four years of probation, together with twelve months of home detention, and restitution of $115,597.94 on her conviction of Social Security fraud, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: Carmichaels Woman, Cindy Hancheck Sentenced for Defrauding Social Security Administration

Louisiana News: Shreveport man, Dianglo Shawntale Mahoney pleads guilty to stealing $27,000 in Social Security benefits meant for his children

SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that a Shreveport man pleaded guilty Monday to stealing at least $27,000 of his children’s Social Security benefits. Dianglo Shawntale Mahoney, 51, of Shreveport, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. to one count of theft of government property. According to the … Continue reading Louisiana News: Shreveport man, Dianglo Shawntale Mahoney pleads guilty to stealing $27,000 in Social Security benefits meant for his children

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Marie Coleman Arrested for Stealing Social Security Benefits

BOSTON, Ms. – An Orange, Mass., woman was arrested today and charged in federal court in Springfield in connection with stealing more than $65,000 in Social Security benefits. Marie Coleman, 49, was charged in an indictment unsealed today with one count of concealing events affecting the right to payment of Social Security benefits. She will … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Marie Coleman Arrested for Stealing Social Security Benefits

Louisiana News: Hammond Man, DANNY L. LETARD Indicted For Theft of More Than $240,000.00 in Social Security Funds

Hammond, La – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that DANNY L. LETARD (“LETARD”), age 57, of Hammond, Louisiana, was indicted Friday, November 2, 2018 by a federal grand jury for Theft of Government Funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641. According to the indictment, beginning in 1989, LETARD filed … Continue reading Louisiana News: Hammond Man, DANNY L. LETARD Indicted For Theft of More Than $240,000.00 in Social Security Funds

North Carolina News: RALEIGH, STEPHANIE CHAVIS, Fayetteville Social Security Employee Indicted on Wire Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft, and Theft of Government Property Charges

RALEIGH, N.C. – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a Federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned a thirteen-count indictment charging STEPHANIE CHAVIS, age 42, of Saint Pauls, North Carolina, with ten counts of Wire Fraud, two counts of Aggravated Identity Theft, and one … Continue reading North Carolina News: RALEIGH, STEPHANIE CHAVIS, Fayetteville Social Security Employee Indicted on Wire Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft, and Theft of Government Property Charges

Missouri News: Attorney General Josh Hawley Warns Missourians about New Telephone Scam

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today issued a scam alert, warning Missouri residents about a new telephone scam.  The Attorney General’s Office has received numerous complaints this week from Missouri residents after being contacted by would-be scammers claiming to represent the Social Security Administration. Those who have received these scam calls … Continue reading Missouri News: Attorney General Josh Hawley Warns Missourians about New Telephone Scam

Massachusetts News: Sturbridge Woman, Tanya Chobot Indicted for Government Theft and False Statement

Defendant received benefits designated for a child no longer in her custody BOSTON, Ms. – A Sturbridge woman was indicted by a federal grand jury in Worcester yesterday in connection with receiving government funds for a disabled child who was no longer in her custody. Tanya Chobot, 32, was indicted on one count of government … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Sturbridge Woman, Tanya Chobot Indicted for Government Theft and False Statement

Tennessee News: KNOXVILLE, Amir Hossain Rasekh Sentenced to Serve 33 Months in Prison for Defrauding Social Security

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On October 2, 2018, Amir Hossain Rasekh, 40, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced by the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, Chief U.S. District Judge, to serve 33 months in federal prison for stealing Social Security benefits from unsuspecting seniors through a conspiracy involving theft of their personal information. He was also ordered … Continue reading Tennessee News: KNOXVILLE, Amir Hossain Rasekh Sentenced to Serve 33 Months in Prison for Defrauding Social Security

WASHINGTON | Social Security, Medicare oversight posts vacant for 3 years

WASHINGTON — Key posts overseeing the financial health of Social Security and Medicare have been vacant for more than three years, leaving the programs without independent accountability in the face of dire predictions about approaching insolvency. With Washington corroded by partisanship and consumed by political crises, gridlock has become the norm and hundreds of senior … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Social Security, Medicare oversight posts vacant for 3 years

WASHINGTON | Help Wanted: Overseers for Social Security and Medicare

WASHINGTON— Key posts overseeing the financial health of Social Security and Medicare have been vacant for more than three years, leaving the programs without independent accountability in the face of dire predictions about approaching insolvency. With Washington corroded by partisanship and consumed by political crises, gridlock has become the norm and hundreds of senior government … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Help Wanted: Overseers for Social Security and Medicare

Vermont News: St. George Woman, Carol Philbin Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Collecting over $93,000 in Deceased Mother’s Social Security Benefits

St. George, Vermont – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Carol Philbin, 66, of St. George, Vermont, appeared today in federal district court in Burlington to answer to charges that, following her mother’s death in July 2009, Philbin unlawfully collected $93,345 in Social Security Administration benefits issued … Continue reading Vermont News: St. George Woman, Carol Philbin Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Collecting over $93,000 in Deceased Mother’s Social Security Benefits

Massachusetts News: Rockland Woman, Catherine M. Anzalonea Pleads Guilty to Stealing Social Security Benefits

BOSTON, Ms. – A Rockland woman pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to stealing Social Security benefits. Catherine M. Anzalone, 55, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public funds. U.S. Senior District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. scheduled sentencing for Jan. 10, 2019. Anzalone was arrested and charged in February … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Rockland Woman, Catherine M. Anzalonea Pleads Guilty to Stealing Social Security Benefits

Pennsylvania News: New Castle Woman, Shawna Stelter Charged with Defrauding Social Security

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of New Castle, PA, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges relating to Social Security fraud, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The three-count indictment, returned on September 27, names Shawna Stelter, age 36, as the sole defendant. According to the indictment, Stelter … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: New Castle Woman, Shawna Stelter Charged with Defrauding Social Security

Phoenix | Sinema Holds Town Hall with Seniors in Phoenix

Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease presents Sinema with ‘Champion for Healthy Seniors’ award Phoenix – Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) held a town hall today to hear directly from Arizona seniors about issues that matter to them. At the La Siena senior living community, Sinema took questions from the audience and discussed her work to protect … Continue reading Phoenix | Sinema Holds Town Hall with Seniors in Phoenix

San Francisco | Pelosi Statement on Larry Kudlow Admitting to New GOP Plan to Slash Medicare, Medicaid & Social Security

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after Larry Kudlow, President Trump’s hand-picked Director of the National Economic Council, said that Republicans would move to cut ‘the larger entitlements… probably next year’: “Yet again, a top GOP official has blurted out the truth of Republicans’ plan to slash Medicare, Medicaid and … Continue reading San Francisco | Pelosi Statement on Larry Kudlow Admitting to New GOP Plan to Slash Medicare, Medicaid & Social Security

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s not-so-strong Medicare, economy myths

WASHINGTON — Eager to dismiss his critics, President Donald Trump is fabricating the circumstances regarding jobs, the economy and the social safety net. He insists that Social Security and Medicare are becoming stronger under his watch when the most recent government report shows the financial condition of both programs worsening. On the economy, his claims … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s not-so-strong Medicare, economy myths

FARGO, N.D. | The Latest: Trump praises ND’s Cramer as strong on borders

FARGO, N.D. — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 3:10 p.m. President Donald Trump is campaigning for Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, who is seeking to unseat Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Trump urged state Republicans to get behind Cramer’s campaign during an event in Fargo. He says Cramer will help … Continue reading FARGO, N.D. | The Latest: Trump praises ND’s Cramer as strong on borders