Former Federal Officer Convicted of Stealing Social Services | USAO-SDFL
Former Federal Officer Convicted of Stealing Social Services |  USAO-SDFL

Former Federal Officer Convicted of Stealing Social Services | USAO-SDFL

Miami, Florida – On January 31, 2022, a former federal law enforcement officer was convicted of stealing over $ 75,000 in social benefits paid to his late father while serving as a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer in Miami.

According to court documents and court affidavits, Carlos Avila, 54, of Pembroke Pines, collected and received Social Security benefits for his father, who died in Ecuador in 2010. Because the Social Security Administration was unaware that Avila’s father was dead, benefit payments did not stop. Over the next nine years, Avila controlled his late father’s bank account so that Avila could continue to raise the monthly overpayment of benefits that SSA intended for his father while he was alive. Even after a temporary suspension of payments due to internal checks showing that Avila’s father was no longer alive, Avila again updated his father’s bank account address seven years after his death, prompting SSA to release a $ 22,074 down payment, which Avila quickly used. Avila was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment (home imprisonment), one year’s conditional imprisonment and compulsory repayment.

The U.S. Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez of the Southern District of Florida and the Chief Special Officer Rodregas W. Owens of the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General (SSA-OIG), Atlanta Field Division, published the statement.

U.S. Attorney Gonzalez praised the work of SSA-OIG. The case was pursued by Assistant U.S. Attorney Trevor Jones. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Brown handles property losses.

Related court documents and information can be found on the District Court of the Southern District of Florida website at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov, under case no. 21-cr-60109.

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