Social Security and Disability Law

Increase in 2023 Veterans Disability Compensation Rates

May 29, 2024

David W. Magann Social Security Disability Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 14, 2023 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) that will impact nearly 70 million Americans. The record increase of 8.7 percent adds benefits per check for the average retiree. In addition, disabled veterans with a VA rating of…

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Elmo man admits Social Security fraud, theft charges for collecting deceased mother’s benefits and not reporting proceeds from dog grooming business

May 29, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Montana MISSOULA — An Elmo man accused of illegally receiving federal benefits by collecting his deceased mother’s Social Security payments and by not disclosing his assets, including proceeds from a dog grooming business, admitted to fraud and theft charges today, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said. The defendant, Gerry…

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New Orleans Woman Pleads Guilty to Cares Act Fraud, False Statements to the IRS, and Theft of Government Funds

May 29, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that TAMIKA CHAPPELL (“CHAPPELL”), age 40, of New Orleans, LA, pleaded guilty on May 23, 2024 before U.S. District Court Judge Carl J. Barbier to three-counts, including making false statements related to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act…

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St. Louis County Man Accused of Pandemic, Disability Fraud

May 23, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri ST. LOUIS – A man from St. Louis County, Missouri has been accused in an indictment of fraudulently obtaining $620,000 in COVID-19 pandemic loans and committing a separate fraud involving disability payments. Preston Randall, 59, was indicted in U.S. District Court in St. Louis May 15…

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Winter Garden Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Aggravated Identity Theft

May 23, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell has sentenced Michael Barrington Douglas (52, Winter Garden) to two years and one day in federal prison, followed by one year of supervised release, for aggravated identity theft and false representation of a Social Security number. As…

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Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to SSA Bomb Threat

May 21, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SSA Office Evacuated Due to Hoax by Disgruntled Recipient Atlanta – Keyon Tishaye Dickens, 38, a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient, who threatened employees at the Social Security Administration (SSA) field office in Augusta, Georgia, pled guilty to Using a Telephone to Make a Threat to Injure a Person or Damage a…

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Lead Couple Sentenced to Federal Prison

May 21, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of South Dakota RAPID CITY – United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that a Lead, South Dakota husband and wife convicted of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States have been sentenced to prison. The couple must also pay $211,564.17 in restitution. On May 15, 2024, U.S. Circuit…

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Richmond County man pleads guilty to a federal charge for bomb scare at Social Security office

May 21, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Georgia AUGUSTA, GA:  A Richmond County man entered a guilty plea to a federal charge related to a bomb threat targeting the Social Security Administration’s Augusta office. Keyon Tishaye Dickens, 38, of Augusta, pled guilty to Using a Telephone to Make a Threat to Injure a Person…

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Honduran National Sentenced for Illegal Reentry, Social Security Fraud

May 17, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Rhode Island PROVIDENCE, RI – A Honduran national who reentered the United States illegally after he had been removed from the country on three previous occasions, and who used the Social Security number of another individual to gain employment has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison,…

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Hartford Man Charged with Fraudulently Collecting Social Security, Unemployment, and Food Stamp Benefits

May 8, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Connecticut Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford has returned an indictment charging RICARDO SANTIAGO, 58, of Hartford, with three counts of wire fraud related to a scheme to fraudulently obtain Social Security, unemployment, and…

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