SYRACUSE, NY (WETM) – An Owego man whose true identity remains unknown has been convicted of stealing social benefits from a homeless military veteran for over 20 years, according to a U.S. lawyer.
U.S. Attorney Carla Freedman of the Northern District of New York announced that the man, “John Doe,” who used to live in Owego, had been receiving Supplemental Security Income Benefits from the Social Security Administration since 1999 using his name, birthday and SS number. on a homeless veteran of the U.S. Army in North Carolina. The statement said that when questioned by authorities, Doe went on to claim that the veteran’s identity was his own. He showed agents a copy of the veteran’s birth certificate and social security card, claiming they were his.
Doe, whose true identity remains unknown to federal officials, was convicted of two counts of aggravated identity theft and one of misusing a Social Security number. He is scheduled to be convicted on September 30, 2022 in Syracuse.
For the abuse conviction, Doe risks a potential maximum of five years in prison, a fine of up to $ 250,000, repayment to SSA and supervision of three years. For his verdict on identity theft, he risks a mandatory two years in prison for each indictment, which can be simultaneous or continuous.
The notice said the jury was unable to reach a verdict on a charge of fraudulent supplementary security income, and a lawsuit was filed for that charge.