Tucson Brothers Plead Guilty to Social Security Fraud

A pair of Tucson, Arizona, brothers plead guilty this week to Conspiracy, Mail Fraud, and Conversion of Social Security Payee Funds for orchestrating a $1.3 million embezzlement scheme with their non-profit entity.

The brothers’ non-profit purported to represent hundreds of beneficiaries of Supplemental Social Security Income, Social Security Disability, and other federal benefits.

From 1994 to 2008, the brothers, aged 57 and 42, used the non-profit to create false records in the beneficiary accounts, submit false reports to the Social Security Administration, and misuse beneficiary funds—stealing $1.3 million from at least 774 elderly and disabled beneficiaries.

“These defendants callously took advantage of more than 770 elderly and disabled people for their own gain,” said U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke. “They were entrusted to hold onto money for some of the most vulnerable people in our society, and instead misused more than $1.3 million.”

The brothers’ sister has also been indicted and will face a jury on June 20, 2011. The brothers will face sentencing on the morning of August 10, 2011.

Why do you think it’s easy for some to commit Social Security fraud, but hard for others to receive Social Security benefits when they qualify?

If you need help with your Social Security benefits, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.

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