Social Security and Disability Law

Honduran National Pleads Guilty To Aggravated Identity Theft

January 29, 2024
Honduran National Pleads Guilty To Aggravated Identity Theft

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Duglas Hernandez Valladares (38, Honduras) has pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft. Valladares faces a penalty of two years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set. According to the plea agreement,…

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Former professional basketball player accused of pandemic loan fraud

January 25, 2024
Former professional basketball player accused of pandemic loan fraud

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri ST. LOUIS – A former professional basketball player has been arrested in Missouri after an indictment accused him of fraudulently obtaining pandemic relief funds. Lorenzo Gordon, 40, of Chesterfield, Missouri, was indicted in U.S. District Court in St. Louis January 17 on three counts of wire…

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Two Maryland brothers indicted for lottery scheme

January 25, 2024
Two Maryland brothers indicted for lottery scheme

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland Baltimore – A federal grand jury has returned a superseding indictment charging brothers Dwayne and Wayne Henry, age 32 and 34, respectively, both of Landover Hills, Maryland, for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, in connection with a lottery scheme where victims believe that they have won a…

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St. Louis County Man Who Admitted Elder Fraud Admits Disability Fraud

January 22, 2024
St. Louis County Man Who Admitted Elder Fraud Admits Disability Fraud

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis County, Missouri man who last year admitted financially exploiting two elderly women admitted on Thursday that he was committing disability fraud while doing so. Gino Rives, 36, of Edmundson, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to five…

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Fresno Man Pleads Guilty to Passport Fraud by Assuming the Identity of a Deceased Child

January 17, 2024
Fresno Man Pleads Guilty to Passport Fraud by Assuming the Identity of a Deceased Child

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California FRESNO, Calif. — Kenneth Laitman aka John Rodman, 79, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to passport fraud, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. According to court documents, in 1984, Laitman left his job as a stockbroker in New York and moved to California where he assumed…

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Fall River Man Indicted for Identity Theft Offenses

January 16, 2024
Fall River Man Indicted for Identity Theft Offenses

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts BOSTON – A Fall River man was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Boston for misuse of a Social Security number. Arias Mejia, 43, was indicted for misuse of a Social Security number, aggravated identity theft, and making a false statement in an application for…

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Citrus County Man Indicted For Forcibly Assaulting Federal Agents With Knives

January 10, 2024
Citrus County Man Indicted For Forcibly Assaulting Federal Agents With Knives

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the return of a two-count superseding indictment charging Phil Henry Taylor (66, Homosassa) with forcibly assaulting a federal officer with a deadly weapon and receipt of stolen government property. If convicted, Taylor faces up to 20…

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Belchertown Man Sentenced for Social Security Fraud

January 9, 2024
Belchertown Man Sentenced for Social Security Fraud

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts BOSTON – A Belchertown man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Springfield for fraudulently receiving Social Security disability benefits.    Kenneth Pontz, 59, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 10 months in prison and three years of supervised release.  Restitution and…

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Woodville woman was sentenced for Social Security fraud, health care fraud, and theft of public money

January 9, 2024
Woodville woman was sentenced for Social Security fraud, health care fraud, and theft of public money

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maine BANGOR, Maine: A Woodville woman was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bangor for Social Security fraud, health care fraud, and theft of public money. U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker ordered Rella Austin-Kimball, 51, to pay $103,596.91 in restitution, consisting of $78,858.25 to the Social Security Administration (SSA),…

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Iowa Man Sentenced for Theft of Government Funds

December 27, 2023
Iowa Man Sentenced for Theft of Government Funds

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of South Dakota PIERRE – United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Fort Dodge, Iowa, man charged with Theft of Government Funds pleaded guilty to and was sentenced on December 18, 2023, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court. Clarence Soper, age 64, was sentenced…

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