August sees a wave of social security-related convictions
August 21, 2022
Here’s the latest on indictments, prosecutions, and IOUs related to Social Security fraud and other related crimes:
In mid-August, a Nicaraguan citizen pleaded guilty and was convicted of illegally using a Social Security number to find work. The offense, which technically involved the illegal use of a Social Security number to enroll in a security class required for employment, was a violation of Title 42 United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B), according to the report. the Ministry of Justice.
According to the statement, the man “falsely stated that he was assigned a Social Security number when, in fact, the Social Security number was assigned to another person by the Social Security Commissioner.” The man was sentenced to one year in prison and one year under supervision.
In the same week, a Pennsylvania truck driver was charged with unlawfully receiving more than $200,000 in disability benefits from Social Security, according to Center Square. The man was charged with eight counts of wire transfer fraud and one count of Social Security fraud, because of the two and a half years he spent collecting disability benefits despite passing a few Department of Transportation medical exams and continuing to work as a driver .
The man “was awarded medical examination certificates in 2016 and 2018 that deemed him physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with physical qualification standards, thereby [him] to drive a commercial motor vehicle across state lines without medical restrictions. In addition, [he] also concealed his employment as a commercial vehicle driver from SSA.”
Meanwhile, in Kansas, a man was convicted of wire transfer fraud and theft of government funds in a case being investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs – Office of the Inspector General and the Social Security Administration (SSA) – Office of the Inspector General.
The man, a fifty-three-year veteran of the military, “fraudulently misrepresented and exaggerated the magnitude of symptoms associated with an alleged conversion disorder diagnosis in order to receive VA benefits to which he was not entitled,” reports the SSA Office. or Inspector General’s announcement said.
“During VA exams, he pretended and exaggerated physical symptoms — he showed significant limpness, muscle spasms, head shaking, and jerking movements. Immediately before and after these exams, he used a walker that he would not normally use outside of VA facilities. The VA thought that [he] was 100% disabled based on those fraudulent misrepresentations,” the OIG said.
However, the ensuing investigation found that the man was faking the symptoms, and that even, while reportedly disabled, he “had been building houses, throwing bales of hay on the backs of moving trucks, hunting deer, driven and over a million pounds of scrap.”
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