The Ministry of Justice removes more social security fraudsters
The Ministry of Justice removes more social security fraudsters

The Ministry of Justice removes more social security fraudsters

As spring approaches, more people around the country are caught up in social security-related crime. Here is a look at some of the arrests, accusations and guilty verdicts in recent weeks:

$ 880,000 recovered from scam

United States Attorney’s Office for Massachusetts announced on February 3, that it had recovered $ 884,755 for the victims of a massive real estate scam.

The perpetrator of the scheme had been arrested in 2017 and the following year convicted of seven counts of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of misuse of a Social Security number and one case of tax evasion. In fact, the man had been on the run for twenty years before the arrest.

“My office will diligently pursue financial recovery for our crime victims – even years after someone has been convicted and convicted, we will continue our persecution,” U.S. Attorney Rachael S. Rollins said of the case. “These ill-gotten gains have finally been recovered, and our efforts are sending an important message that crime is not paying off.”

The convicted man has been sentenced to pay $ 69,768 in damages to the Social Security Administration.

Man charged with renting weapons with stolen information

The government claims that a Michigan man who often bought and rented weapons paid for the scheme with stolen social security funds, Fox 2 Detroit reported. The government claims the weapons were used in several crimes. The man’s girlfriend was also arrested for the scheme.

“This is not the old Blockbuster. You can not just rent a gun to use it for a few days and put it in the trash when you’re done with it,” ATF Special Agent in Charge Paul Vanderplow told Fox 2.

Californian woman jailed for stealing COVID relief

A 44-year-old woman in California has been sentenced to sixty-three months in federal prison for her part in a plan to file nearly 200 fake COVID applications in the names of others. For the scheme, which took place in 2020 after the adoption of the CARES Act, the woman has been ordered to pay $ 4,298,093 in restitution.

According to to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, the former employee of the California Employment Development Department, “retrieved some of the names, CPR numbers, and other identifying information she used to file the fraudulent claims through her previous work as a taxpayer. prepares. ”

The fake applications were often to people who were identified as “cake decorators or event attendees.” One of the false allegations was that the plaintiffs, who resided throughout the country, were resident in California

Former federal officer convicted

A former U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer from Florida was convicted in January of stealing $ 75,000 in social benefits intended for his late father. He was sentenced to six months imprisonment in the home, one year probation and was ordered to pay compensation.

According to to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, the man collected Social Security retirement benefits intended for his deceased father, who died in Ecuador in 2010. The man did not notify authorities of his father’s death and continued to collect for nine years. Even after “internal checks” led to a temporary freeze on payments, the man updated the address and even received postpay.

Woman convicted of stealing grandmother’s services

Another person from Florida has also been convicted of stealing a relative’s services. According to to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the 53-year-old woman was sentenced to spend sixty days in jail and three years on supervised release after she was convicted of theft of state property.

In that case, the woman was accused of stealing $ 43,672 in survivors’ insurance benefits from the Social Security Administration, money intended for her deceased grandmother. She was sentenced to pay $ 43,672 in damages.

The woman, the judge said in the case, “committed a serious theft of taxpayers’ contributions to the social security system and that the evidence revealed that she had taken deliberate steps to ensure her continued access to social security funds to which she was not entitled.”

Florida man convicted of fraudulent tax return

It was a 32-year-old resident of Florida convicted on Feb. 7 to thirty-six years in prison charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. In 2015, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia, “the man unlawfully obtained the names, dates of birth and social security numbers of several taxpayers without their knowledge and consent,” later using that information to access the IRS ‘Online Taxpayer System and submit fraudulent tax returns.

The man was sentenced to pay $ 50,801 in damages to the IRS.

Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic who is also a contributor to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and splice today . Co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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