LINCOLN, Neb. A Waverly man was sentenced on Thursday to five years probation for defrauding the federal government of $ 272,202 over 17 years.
The Social Security Administration received an anonymous tip in November 2017 that James Nieman, 45, was working as a floor installer while charging disability payments.
He lied about his employment and income to receive Social Security and Medicare benefits from November 2001 to March 2019, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nebraska.
The investigation found that Nieman received $ 226,737.70 in Social Security benefits and $ 45,464.30 in Medicare benefits to which he was not entitled.
U.S. District Judge John M. Gerrard also sentenced Nieman to 12 weekends with intermittent incarceration and ordered him to pay damages plus $ 100.