A Perham, Minnesota, man allegedly lied to the Social Security Administration to illegally collection Social Security Disability benefits, reports the Detroit Lakes Tribune.
A special agent discovered that the 54-year-old man, who initially filed for disability on June 15, 1995, in fact returned to work from August of 2005 to August of 2008—during which time he and another man made $254,150. On a work act form, the man claimed that he had not worked since filing for disability.
A representative from the company he worked for as an independent construction contractor said he’d never made mention of any disability.
The man collected $24,285 in Disability benefits during the three years that he worked as a contractor. He admits not reporting this work to the SSA.
He now faces two counts of felony theft. Each count holds the possibility of 10 years in prison or a $20,000 fine.
Were you aware that such substantial punishment was doled out for Social Security fraud?
If you need help with your Social Security benefits, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.
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