A Fort Dodge man who stole over $ 15,000 in social security benefits from a severely disabled woman was sentenced on February 23, 2022, to ten months in federal prison. Donald Glenn Conner, also known as Donald Luevanos, 38 years old, received the prison sentence after a September 16, 2021 pleaded guilty in a case of fraud with representative payee.
In a plea agreement and by his guilty plea and sentencing, Conner admitted that in March 2018, the Social Security Administration (SSA) approved his application to become a representative payee for a severely disabled relative. A representative payee is a person whom the SSA leaves to administer social security funds for those who are unable to do so due to mental, physical or other limitations. A doctor had diagnosed Conner’s relative with a severe mental disability, and she also had a number of other physical health problems. In May 2019, Conner admitted her victim to a local nursing home on the false premise that she was on Medicaid while she was not. Conner then used his victim’s social security funds for his own purposes, including at a casino, a grocery store, and for video games, subscription services, and other bills. In March 2020, after the nursing home began questioning Conner’s use of his victim’s social security means, Conner suddenly removed his victim from the nursing home against a doctor’s medical advice and left the nursing home with an unpaid bill of over $ 50,000. The investigation also revealed that Conner erroneously underreported his household income and received an overpayment of Section 8 federal housing benefits.
Conner was convicted in Sioux City by U.S. District Court Chief Justice Leonard T. Strand. Conner was sentenced to 10 months in prison. He was ordered to earn $ 15,499 in compensation. He must also serve a two-year period of supervised release after imprisonment. There is no probation in the federal system.
Conner was released on the previously stipulated bond and is due to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on a date yet to be set.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy L. Vavricek and investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, and Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.
Trial information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.
The case file number is 21-CR-3027.
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