Social Security and Disability Law

Bronx Resident Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy Targeting Credit Unions

June 18, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of New York ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jerjuan Joyner, age 49, of the Bronx, New York, pled guilty today for his role in a bank fraud conspiracy that targeted credit unions all over the country since at least December 2021. United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Craig…

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Former College Football Player Pleads Guilty to a Fraud Scheme Involving More than $1 Million in COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits

June 18, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California LOS ANGELES – A former college football player and Orange County man pleaded guilty today to orchestrating a scheme that fraudulently sought more than $1 million and obtained more than $280,000 in pandemic unemployment benefits. Abdul-Malik McClain, 24, most recently of Coto de Caza, pleaded guilty…

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New Bedford Man Pleads Guilty to Social Security Fraud

June 14, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts BOSTON – A New Bedford man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to fraudulently receiving Social Security disability benefits.    Anthony Patterson, 62, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government money. U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs scheduled sentencing for Sept. 10,…

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Shreveport Businessman and Military Veteran Sentenced on Federal Charges

June 14, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Louisiana SHREVEPORT– United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced that Edward L. Angel, Sr., 71, of Shreveport, has been sentenced for theft of government funds and making false statements to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). United States District Judge David C. Joseph sentenced Angel to 3 years of…

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Scam Alert: Inspector General Warns: $600 June Increase Is Bogus

June 13, 2024

Download a PDF of this Scam Alert Scammers are circulating misinformation around a $600 fake Social Security benefit increase that they are alleging will be issued in June 2024. Any information regarding a current $600 increase is false and should be ignored. SSA will announce a new COLA in October, if it applies. The COLA…

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Gloucester County Man Admits Stealing over $200,000 in Social Security and Medicaid Benefits

June 11, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey CAMDEN, N.J. – A Gloucester County, New Jersey, man admitted today that he defrauded the government of more than $200,000 in Social Security and Medicaid benefits, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced. Dennis Gaudette, 72, of Franklinville, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Christine…

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Guatemalan National Sentenced to Prison and Deportation for Fraudulent Use of Social Security Number and Improper Entry into U.S.

June 10, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Pennsylvania PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A resident of Guatemala has been sentenced in federal court to three months of incarceration to be followed by immediate deportation after pleading guilty to fraudulently using a social security number and improper entry into the United States by an alien, United States…

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New Bedford Man Charged With Stealing Over $450,000 in Veterans’ Disability Benefits

June 10, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts BOSTON – A New Bedford man has been charged with stealing over $450,000 in disability benefits issued by the United States Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) intended for a 20-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).   Joseph Smith, 71, was…

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Louisiana Man Faces Prison for Threatening SSA Employee

June 5, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Threatening Letter Results in 20-Month Sentence of Incarceration A Louisiana man was sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to sending threatening communications to an SSA employee. According to court documents, James Gantt, age 55, received a 20-month prison sentence after he wrote and mailed a letter threatening injury to an Social…

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Bridgeport Man Sentenced to Prison for Role in Scheme that Defrauded Social Security Administration

June 4, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Connecticut Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TROVOY DIXON, 31, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vernon D. Oliver in Hartford to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for laundering criminal proceeds of…

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