Social Security and Disability Law

Disbarred attorney pleads guilty to Social Security number fraud as part of scheme to obtain jobs at law firms

July 11, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Ohio CINCINNATI – A disbarred attorney who previously practiced law in the Cincinnati area admitted in U.S. District Court this afternoon that he used false identities to obtain employment with at least seven law firms. Richard Louis Crosby III, 37, of Mason, Ohio, pleaded guilty to three…

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Deltona Woman Pleads Guilty To Stealing Over $66,000 In Social Security Funds

July 11, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that April L. Brockman (42, Deltona) has pleaded guilty to theft of government property. Brockman faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. Brockman must also pay restitution to the Social Security Administration and…

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Utah Man Sentenced to Home Detention After Stealing Over $100,000 in Social Security and Other Government Benefits

July 10, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah – Melvin Roy Hunter, 71, of Salt Lake County, was ordered  by the court to 14 months’ home detention as part of a 40 months’ probation sentence, and ordered to pay $105,301.30 in restitution.  The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Court Judge…

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Illegal Alien and Two Others Sentenced to Federal Prison in Organ Transplant Scheme

July 8, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Iowa An illegal alien and two other individuals who conspired to obtain over $500,000 in federally funded health care benefits, including a kidney transplant, were sentenced to prison on June 24, 2024, and July 2, 2024.   Jeremias Otoniel Herrera Rosales (“Herrera Rosales”), age 37, from Worthington,…

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Honduran Man Pleads Guilty To Aggravated Identity Theft

July 3, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Erlin Maradiaga-Flores (31, Honduras) today pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft.  Maradiaga-Flores faces a penalty of two years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set. According to the plea agreement, E-Verify…

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Letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Finances and U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means

July 1, 2024

Dear Chairmen Wyden and Smith, Ranking Members Crapo and Neal: Today marks my final day as I retire as Inspector General of the Social Security Administration (SSA). I want to thank President Donald J. Trump for nominating me for this position and the U.S. Senate for confirming me. Since I was sworn in on January…

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South Carolina Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Stealing Deceased Wife’s Social Security Benefits

June 28, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge William F. Jung has sentenced Albert Bayer (64, South Carolina, formerly of Hillsborough County, Florida) to one year and one day in federal prison for theft of government funds. As part of his sentence, the court also entered an order…

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St. Louis County Man Sentenced to 87 Months in Prison, Ordered to Pay More Than $1 Million for Elder Fraud and Disability Fraud

June 28, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Clark on Thursday sentenced a St. Louis County, Missouri man who financially exploited two elderly women while committing disability fraud to 87 months in prison and ordered him to repay more than $1.1 million.  Gino Rives, 36, of…

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Janesville Man Sentenced for Theft of Social Security Benefits

June 27, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Wisconsin MADISON, WIS. – Timothy M. O’Shea, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that David Beyer, 66, Janesville, Wisconsin, was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson, to 3 years of probation for theft of social security retirement benefits. Beyer…

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New York Man Charged in Connection with Transnational “Grandparent Scam” Operated from Dominican Republic

June 26, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey NEWARK, N.J. – A New York man is alleged to have acted as a courier for a Dominican Republic-based “grandparent scam” that targeted elderly Americans. Victor Anthony Valdez, 39, of the Bronx, New York, was charged by a federal grand jury with one count of wire…

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