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Father Sentenced for Stealing Social Security Benefits from His Son

  • Published: 2012-05-23 (Revised/Updated 2014-08-04) : Author: U.S. Attorney Office - U.S. Department of Justice : Contact:
  • Synopsis: Man from Conyers, Georgia, who stole his sons Social Security benefits sentenced to 15 months confinement, which included combination of prison, halfway house placement, and home confinement.

United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, "Black lied to the Social Security Administration so he could get the benefits that were supposed to be used for the care and support of his teenage son; instead, he used the money for himself. This selfish act robbed his son of much needed financial assistance."

"The Social Security Administration, in partnership with the Department of Justice, began a fraud prosecution project more than a decade ago, which focuses on federal benefits fraud. The prosecution project has been a tremendous success and has returned countless dollars to Social Security trust funds. The Office of the Inspector General will continue to investigate all allegations of fraud and abuse and assist the United States Attorney's Office in bringing violators to justice," said Guy P. Fallen, Special Agent-in-Charge, Social Security Administration-Office of the Inspector General.

Black was sentenced to 3 months in prison to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, during which time he must serve 6 months community confinement in a halfway house, and an additional 6 months of home confinement. Black was also ordered to pay $26,815.00 in restitution. Black was convicted of mail fraud and Social Security fraud on February 28, 2012, after a two-day trial.

According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court:

The United States Attorney's Office and the Social Security Administration investigate and prosecute fraud perpetrated against the Social Security Administration and rightful beneficiaries of Social Security benefits on an ongoing basis.

Seven defendants have been sentenced since January 2011, four of whom received prison sentences. All defendants were required to repay the full amount of stolen benefits. The court ordered restitution for these cases exceeded $760,000.00.

These cases were investigated by Special Agents from the Social Security Administration-Office of the Inspector General, and were prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Loranzo M. Fleming.

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