Social Security and Disability Law

Report: SSA Deficient in Handling Mail during Pandemic

June 30, 2022

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Former Warren County Businessman Admits Fraudulently Obtaining $1.8 Million in COVID-19 Loans Meant for Small Businesses

June 29, 2022

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey: NEWARK, N.J. – A Warren County, New Jersey, businessman today admitted fraudulently obtaining nearly $1.8 million in federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger and Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division announced. Rocco A. Malanga,…

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Two Indian Nationals Admit Receiving over $1.2 Million in Global Robocall Scam That Defrauded Elderly Victims

June 29, 2022

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey: NEWARK, N.J. – Two Indian nationals admitted to conspiracy to commit wire fraud by accepting illegally obtained $1.2 million in wire transfers from victims across the country, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced. Arushobike Mitra, 27, and Garbita Mitra, 24, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge…

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Belchertown Man Arrested for Social Security Fraud

June 27, 2022

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts: BOSTON – A Belchertown man was arrested yesterday in connection with fraudulently receiving Social Security disability benefits. Kenneth Pontz, 58, was charged with one count of theft of public funds. Pontz was released on conditions following an initial appearance yesterday in federal court in Springfield before U.S.…

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South Carolina Woman Sentenced to 28 Months in Prison for Stealing over $780,000 in Medicare and Social Security Benefits

June 17, 2022

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey: TRENTON, N.J. – A Hanahan, South Carolina, woman was sentenced to 28 months in prison for defrauding the government of hundreds of thousands of dollars in Social Security and Medicare benefits, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today. Martha Aguilar, 60, formerly of Middletown, New Jersey,…

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Attorney General James Announces Felony Guilty Plea of Long Island Man for Fraudulently Obtaining Disability Benefits

June 16, 2022

From the New York State Attorney General: NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced the guilty plea of Anthony Ragusa, 52, formerly of Huntington, NY, for fraudulently collecting more than $200,000 in disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) charged that from 2013…

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Spearfish Woman Sentenced for Theft of Government Funds

June 16, 2022

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of South Dakota: United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Spearfish, South Dakota, woman convicted of Theft of Government Funds was sentenced on June 13, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Christi Marie Johnson, age 37, was sentenced to five years of probation, $16,594.50 in…

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Mingo County Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Fraud Crimes

June 10, 2022

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of West Virginia: CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Mingo County woman pleaded guilty today to theft of government benefits and making materially false statements to federal agents. According to court documents and statements made in court, Diana Cisco, 69, of Delbarton, admitted that she received Social Security Administration (SSA)…

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Former Local Bakery Owner Arrested for Stealing Identity of Deceased Baby, $1.5M Pandemic Relief Fraud

June 10, 2022

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Ohio: COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Columbus woman was arrested in Utah on federal charges related to stealing the identity of a baby who died as an infant. The woman allegedly used the infant’s identity to obtain a passport, a student pilot license, a job as a flight…

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Fresno Business Owner Indicted for Additional Tax and Social Security Fraud Charges

June 10, 2022

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California: A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment Thursday against Marcus Asay, 66, of Fresno, charging him with making false tax returns, and concealing a matter with an intent to fraudulently secure Social Security disability benefits, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. According to court documents,…

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