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West Chester Man Defrauds Social Security of $82,000

A West Chester man collects over $82,000 in disability insurance benefits while working and collecting an income over the course of almost nine years.

The U.S. Attorney’s office announced today that West Chester resident Gregory Butcher was sentenced to 18 months in prison after he defrauded the Social Security Administration of over $82,000.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Butcher received disability insurance benefits for a period of almost nine years while working and earning an income.

Butcher was part of a statewide crackdown on Social Security fraud that will result in over $1.7 million in restitution payments.

Butcher himself has been ordered to pay $82,621 in restitution to the Social Security Administration.

“Every year fraudsters steal millions of dollars from the Social Security without any concern for those actually entitled to benefits under the program,” said United States Attorney Zane Memeger in a press release. “Indeed, nearly two million dollars in restitution was ordered last year in this district for fraud schemes involving Social Security.  My office will continue to vigorously prosecute these cases so that taxpayer money is used for the purpose intended, that is, providing needed assistance to retirees, disabled workers, and immediate family members of deceased workers.”

The press release continues:

In addition to the more than $1.7 million dollars in restitution ordered in the last fiscal year, during fiscal year 2010, ordered restitution to the Social Security Administration was $255,341.94, and was $857,844 in fiscal year 2011. 

Nationally, in Fiscal Year 2011, there were more than 103,000 allegations of Social Security fraud, with more than 7,000 criminal investigations resulting in 1,374 convictions and more than $410 million in recoveries, fines, restitution, judgments, settlements, and savings. 

 

 

Boots Kane Tolsdorf October 24, 2012 at 01:15 PM
No surprise here. The system is broken and there are many ways to do this- and the people on it DO it. And that is NOT what welfare was meant to be. Crackdown should be every year- and it should start with the people who GIVE the welfare out in the first place. Shameful.
Star Thrower October 24, 2012 at 01:34 PM
This is absolutely horrible that another person was caught stealing from the elderly ... I bet the teachers union is just furious - you know how they hate competition.
nona October 24, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Star Chucker = Union Buster Troll.
Star Thrower October 24, 2012 at 03:03 PM
You stalkin me Mona? lol Thanks for the ad ... but that may not be news around here
nona October 24, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Taft-Hartley Act; Landrum-Griffin Act
dyann November 02, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Star; when is the last time you spent anytime in a school or classroom. I bet if you had to sit in a classroom with (1) teacher and 25-30 kids for all types of backgrounds you will re-direct your sarcasm

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