Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that on Wednesday, Nov. 3, Judge J. Philip Calabrese sentenced Anthony D. Wilson, 35, of Warren, Ohio, to three years’ probation after Wilson pleaded guilty in June 2021 to a threaten an official at the Social Security Administration.
“Government officials should never face threats of physical violence or intimidation while on duty,” said acting US attorney Bridget M. Brennan. “The Social Security Administration employees threatened by Mr. Wilson are to be commended for the prompt and appropriate response to the threats against them.”
“Mr. Wilson’s violent threats to kill a DDS employee who was performing his official duties are unacceptable,” said Gail S. Ennis, Inspector General of the Social Security Administration. “The safety of SSA employees and contractors is one of our highest priorities, and we will continue to hold accountable those who endanger or attempt to compromise their safety.I thank our law enforcement partners for their efforts in this investigation and the US Attorney’s Office for prosecuting this matter.”
According to court documents, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began reviewing Wilson’s disability status in January 2020 to ensure that he continued to be eligible for benefits, which required Wilson to undergo medical examinations. At the end of this assessment, the SSA determined that Wilson was not incapacitated and withdrew his benefits. Wilson later appealed this decision, and to consider the appeal, the SSA required Wilson to undergo further medical examinations and became a Claims Adjudicator with the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Disability Determination Services, a contractor of the SSA. assigned the case. .
On or about March 20 and March 21, 2021, Wilson left threatening voicemail messages on the arbitrator’s work phone threatening bodily harm to the arbitrator and other employees. Wilson made these threats in retaliation for the arbitrator’s work on Wilson’s pending case before the Social Security Administration.
As part of the investigation, federal agents obtained a copy of Wilson’s criminal history and uncovered a number of previous arrests for making threatening statements and, in one case, threatening a police officer.
This investigation was conducted by the Social Security Administration – Office of the Inspector General. This case was prosecuted by US Special Assistant Attorney Jason W. White.