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Milton man faces decade in prison for defrauding Social Security Administration

A man from Milton pleaded guilty Friday to defrauding the U.S. Social Security Administration out of more than $300,000.

The 53-year-old man first sought Social Security payments in 1995, apparently after an injury. He was required to report back to the Social Security office when he had recuperated enough to resume his job, but never did so.

He continued receiving Social Security payments up until March 2012. During that time, he was able to work and, in fact, owned his own painting business. Those who are able, physically and mentally, to work are generally not eligible for early Social Security payments.

Authorities have alleged that the man's wife and two daughters also received Social Security payments over that same time span.

The man has been ordered to pay $324,818 in restitution and could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in Lafayette federal court June 21.

As is often the case with this type of story, there might be more here than meets the eye.

It is possible this man misunderstood what he was supposed to do. Maybe he knew he should not collect further payments, but something - a medical bill, perhaps, or credit card debt - always made him think, "I will, after the next payment."

Those are not excuses. Defrauding the Social Security Administration is wrong because it amounts to taking badly needed funds out of the hands of people who really do need them. That being said, we think it's always best to learn what you can about a situation before you rush to judgment.

Source: The Advocate, "Milton man admits to defrauding Social Security Administration," Feb. 15, 2013

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